Ashley Callahan to speak at GA Archives Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn Friday February 12, 2016- 12 noon

Morrow, GA, January 19, 2016– Ashley Callahan will speak about her book Southern Tufts:
The Regional Origins and National Craze for Chenille Fashion
on Friday February 12, 2016, at the Georgia Archives at 12 noon.

Southern Tufts is the first book to highlight the garments produced by northwestern Georgia’s tufted textile industry. Though best known now for its production of carpet, in the early twentieth century the region was revered for its handtufted candlewick bedspreads, products that grew out of the Southern Appalachian Craft Revival and appealed to the vogue for Colonial Revival–style household goods. Callahan tells the story of chenille fashion and its connections to stylistic trends, automobile tourism, industrial developments, and U.S. history. Southern Tufts presents a broad history of tufted textiles, as well as sections highlighting individual craftspeople and manufacturers involved with the production of chenille fashion.

Ashley Callahan has an MA in the history of American decorative arts from Parsons School of Design and the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Institution, and a BA in art history from the University of the South.

Please join us at the Georgia Archives on February 12 as Callahan speaks about the history of candlewick and chenille garment production in northwestern Georgia from the 1920s through the 1950s. The talk is part of our monthly Lunch and Learn series, which is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Jill Sweetapple at 678.364.3731 or email at


Georgia Archives – 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, Georgia 30260 – 678-364-3710