As American as jazz and barbecue: the patchwork quilt. A symbol of the human drive to create something beautiful even when practicality is the primary concern. The familiar patterns of the quilt speak to us of “common” ingenuity, of art from the people. The importance of precision, the use of geometry and relief, specific and pleasing color choice: this is design taught at grandmother’s knee instead of in a college class.
Who were the originators of this lasting artform? The mothers and daughters out west on the Oregon Trail who sewed by firelight to keep their family warm and their hearts uplifted from the bleakness of a simple life. Slaves on the plantation down south, struggling to give voice to their personalities and oral traditions in a world that denied them everything, even daylight hours to make necessities. The circle of neighbors in Appalachia to the east, passing intricate patterns from old to young, creating and giving quilts as markers of important life events. All sewing exquisite compositions by hand from old shirts and dresses and scarves so that nothing was wasted, and because they needed to be warm at night.
Quality of craftsmanship. Community. Geometry and line and color and connection. These are the visual language of quilting, and they are what speaks so strongly with this Tenspeed Hero jersey. When you don this jersey you will be standing in the tradition of folk art, of local design and inventive decoration. You will ride with the practicality of a great jersey and the beauty of a great artform on your back. Enjoy the touch of a lasting legacy, and the classic elegance of design. Enjoy our patchwork jersey.
Designed by Lauren Ayers, Made in Italy.
- Slim Fit, 2 Super Lightweight Fabrics
- Updated Reinforced Hidden Zipper
- Neck Guard
- Extended Sleeve Length
- Elastic Sleeve and Back Grippers
- 3 Back Pockets + Zip Compartment