Battenberg lace linen table cover. Circular net center with Battenberg lace edging. Tape work is joined with needle made spiders and eyelets with needle made buttonhole stitch and mesh fillings. Made at the lace school of the Bishop Whipple Mission, Morton, MN.
When Sybil Carter started her first lace-making classes at the White Earth Reservation, she set the stage for a major economic enterprise. In 1904, friends of Carter organized the Sybil Carter Indian Lace Association to help ship and market lace made by women on reservations to East Coast consumers. The association provided a good source of income to American Indian women. However, the association also held negative views of American Indian women and excluded them from leadership roles.