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The Shakers are a unique and fascinating group. Begun by one woman, Ann Lee, they grew to become the largest and best-known utopian community in the United States. By the mid-nineteenth century there were over six thousand Shakers who adhered to theMoreThe Shakers are a unique and fascinating group. Begun by one woman, Ann Lee, they grew to become the largest and best-known utopian community in the United States. By the mid-nineteenth century there were over six thousand Shakers who adhered to the creeds of celibacy, equality, and communalism. Today, their way of life is preserved by just a handful of practicing members, but the Shaker legacy lives on in the simple, elegant style that has come to be associated with their name. This legacy is obvious in the extraordinary quality and fine craftsmanship of their architecture, furniture, and crafts. From the beautiful symmetry of their buildings to the clean, graceful lines of their chairs and baskets, SHAKER brings you into their world and introduces you to its simplicity and originality.The Shakers were ahead of their time in much of what they designed and produced. Dedicated to modesty and shunning ornamentation, everything they created was functional. You can discover the extraordinary beauty and elegance that arises from this in the simplicity and orderliness of Shaker architecture. SHAKER brings you to such places as the Shaker meetinghouse in New Lebanon, New York, whose separate entrances for brethren and sisters create an impeccable symmetry, giving the building an almost sublime quality.Also included in SHAKER is a look at Shaker furniture, highlighting its masterful blend of utility and beauty. With its purity and fluidity of line, Shaker furniture appeals to antique and modern furniture lovers alike. Read about the many styles of Shaker chairs, perhaps the single article of furniture closest to achieving perfection, and their use of colorful woven-tape seats, the forerunner of modern webbed lawn chairs.Finally, SHAKER shows you the many varieties of Shaker crafts, and the industries that they developed around these crafts. From oval boxes and woven baskets to handmade textiles, the Shakers sold their goods to the outside world after the needs of their community were met.With extensive photographs and informative text, SHAKER brings you into their fascinating world. SHAKER is an essential resource, providing you with a guide to Shaker museums, societies, and study groups. Containing a wealth of authentic Shaker recipes and projects you can do at home, SHAKER brings the Shaker style and taste into your own home.