After World War II, some Dutch women celebrated liberation from Nazi control by sewing elaborate Crazy-style patchwork skirts. The inspiration for the skirts came from a woman who had been imprisoned during Nazi occupation who had received from her family a head scarf made from many fabric scraps. This treasured object, which reminded her that she was not forgotten, motivated her to urge Dutch women to "make up skirts as a project to help boost their self esteem." These photos are from The National Liberation Museum, near Groesbeek, the Netherlands.

Images by Sheila Hallam and reproduced from The Quilter

Crazy Patchwork Skirts
Made in
the Netherlands