What is Seminole Patchwork and How did Seminole Patchwork originate?

In the late nineteenth century, whites introduced the sewing machine to the Seminole, an event that sparked an entirely new art form.

Seminole women took to patchworking long horizontal bands of cloth. They then sewed these bands together to make brilliantly patterned shirts and skirts.

Although most Seminole now dress in the same type of clothes as non-Indians, they still make colorful patchwork outfits to wear for special occasions.