David Appalachian Crafts is a non-profit organization located in the small coal town of David, KY, near Prestonsburg, KY. In the early 1970’s Mary Pineau, a catholic nun from Michigan, came to the mountains of Eastern Kentucky to work with the women of laid off coal miners. She began by carrying a sewing machine to homes and teaching the women how to sew.
What began as a way to make clothing for their families evolved into an opportunity for the women to make and sell sewn items. In 1972 the group named themselves David Appalachian Crafts after the town where Mary’s rented house stored the fabrics and sewing machines they used. Twelve women met in each others’ homes until 1973 when a building was renovated for their use.
This building still houses the 100+ member organization. David Appalachian Crafts produces over 140 items that are sold retail and wholesale across the nation. During times of economic hardship, the members of this small community have come together to create crafts that reflect the beauty of their homeland and perpetuate the sense of community and self sufficiency that characterized their pioneer ancestors.
Works by David Appalachian Crafts can also be found at Log House Gallery, Berea, KY; Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY; KY Haus, Newport, KY; Completely Kentucky, Frankfort, KY; Appalachian Artisan Center, Hindman, KY; Pleasant Hill Shaker Village, Harrodsburg, KY; Shaker Museum, South Union, KY; and at numerous Kentucky State Park gift shops.