Sheila Bridges Harlem Toile de Jouy Scarf

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Harlem-based designer Sheila Bridges has always been intrigued and inspired by the historical narrative of the decorative arts, especially traditional French toile with its pastoral motifs from the late 1700s. "I'm entertained by the stories these patterns tell," she says, "and the questions they sometimes raise."

In her "Harlem Toile de Jouy" series, Bridges transforms these patterns by populating them with African American subjects, lampooning the stereotypes and also celebrating the joys that are deeply woven into the African American experience.

Museum Story

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the nation's largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting, and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. Established by an Act of Congress in 2003, it is the culmination of decades of efforts to establish a national museum that promotes and highlights the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected close to 37,000 objects.


  • 100% silk twill with machine-rolled hem
  • 36" square
  • Dry clean only
  • Made in China