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Ute H. von Zezschwitz Bargmann
A memorial service will be held in the fall. In lieu of flowers a contribution can be made to the Conway Massachusetts Historical Society, 50 Main Street, Conway, MA 01341
Ute H. von Zezschwitz Bargmann, 81 of Conway, Massachusetts, died on August 14, 2021. She grew up in Germany and studied at the Sprachen-und Dolmetscher Institut in Munich where she graduated as a translator and interpreter. She met her American-German husband, Robert Bargmann and they moved to the United States in 1965. She developed her and increased her love and knowledge of research, early textile studies, and publishing while working as Head Clerk of Interlibrary Loan and Senior Special Collections Assistant at the University of Massachusetts, University Archives, Amherst, MA, where she retired. During those years she completed many translations and research projects assisting patrons and faculty in their research and publications.

Ute purchased her first loom of many in 1972 and from there became well known in the textile community for her depth of knowledge and creative approach to creating new and unique items-bobbin lace, weaving, tapestry, knitting, crochet, card/tablet weaving, bobbin lace, and researching early textiles; many of these were given to friends and acquaintances. She received her Master Weaver Certificate from Hill Institute, Florence, MA in 1997and she also, received The Distinguished Achievement Award in 2016 from the Weavers Guild of Boston.

One of her favorite activity was being a member of the Early Weaving Books and Manuscripts for Complex Weavers where she used her knowledge of old German script to present at several conferences at Thousand Islands Arts Center in Clayton, NY. She loved pick-up weaving and creating weave structures with 4-shafts or less. Another great love was teaching youngsters and others to weave and often demonstrating weaving at Historical Conway, Shelburne Grange, Glasglow Lands Scottish Festival, Three County Fair, Historical Hatfield, and local 4-H groups.

She was very supportive of archiving and enhancing her beloved Conway. Ute set up a loom and wove at the Town Hall for many years as part of the Festival of the Hills. Her smile and easy manner drew children to her and she prepared tablet weaving kits for them to try. They sat on the floor around her and were intrigued as a colorful band emerged from their own work. Her interest in the earliest days of the recorded history of Conway was shared with all and she even rode a tractor though the woods to see an early structure. She had an encyclopedic knowledge of weaving and brought to the life the mills and factories in early Conway through her long association with the Historic Society. She even wove samples of the different fabrics made in some of the early factories.

One of her most recent research ventures was researching European origins of what became known 'colonial' coverlets and especially Southern Counterpane, conducting many workshops and publishing "Bavarian Yankee Intruder in Southern Threads: Contemplations of the Dancy Plantation Manuscript on Counterpanes," about the "discovery" of the manuscript in an online exhibit. She wove 22 samples and they archived at Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

She was a member of Weaver Guild of Springfield, Weavers Guild of Boston, and Weavers of Western MASS. She also served on several boards of textile associations and museums.

Some publications of Ute's include in 2002 Woven Bands, Medicines and Recipes: Cod. Pal. Germ. 551. The Adventures, Provenance and Contents of a 15th Century Manuscript Held at the Library of Heidelberg University in Germany. Brocading Patterns for Tablet Weaving From the Late Medieval with Claudia Wollny in 2018; Block Drafts from Heinrich Leisy' Pattern Book, University of Arizona, and Anna Neuper's Modelbuch; Early 16th c. charted card weaving patterns for weaving brocaded bands, with Nancy Spies

She was predeceased by her husband Robert (Rip) in January 2019 and three brothers in Germany. She leaves three sisters-in-law in Europe, a family friend and care giver Anthony Pagliughi, a friend of many years Loris Epps, members of the Weavers Guild of Springfield, Conway Massachusetts Historical Society, and many friends throughout the textile and historical world.

A memorial service will be held in the fall. In lieu of flowers a contribution can be made to the Conway Massachusetts Historical Society, 50 Main Street, Conway, MA 01341. Expression of Sympathy available at www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com