The Pinecone Patchwork Story


The “Pinecone Patchwork” derives its name from the longleaf pinecone, when looking at the bottom of a pinecone you can find this design.  Our elders of the past and present weave these beautiful designs in quilts while hosting quilting bee’s in their communities. Henry Berry Lowrey's daughter, Maggie hand made a quilt using the Pinecone Patchwork design. Hayes A. Locklear, artist and historian and Kat Littleturtle were inspired by the quilt and designed and made a southern style dress for Natasha Wagner a former Miss Indian World in 1993. Today our Lumbee Princesses wear the Pinecone Patchwork insignia on their traditional regalias during Pow-wows across the Nation. In 2000 Cyna's Jewelers fashioned the Pinecone Patchwork into contemporary jewelry with the idea that all people could wear a piece of Lumbee history. This beautiful design has become a symbol that has helped revitalize the rich heritage of the Lumbee people. Robeson County, North Carolina is the “Land of the Lumbee.”

Preserving our heritage through our jewelry. 

Jewelry Designer TPL II (Lumbee)

  • Cyna's Pinecone Patchwork was honorably presented to the first lady, Laura Bush in Washington D.C. in 2005 by pop singer Jana Mashonee
  • Cyna's Pinecone Patchwork is featured on the album cover of Jana's American Indian Christmas.

JanaJana and First Lady Bush

Cyna's Pinecone Patchwork Design is a US Federal Registered Trademark Reg. No. 3,974,134.