Sunday, December 20, 2009

Antique Navajo Blankets

Navajo Blanket
First phase
Ca. 1845

Navajo blanket
Second phase
Ca. 1850

Navajo blanket
Third phase
Ca. 1870

The history of Navajo textiles is complex- sovereignty, subjugation, and renaissance. The cross- pollination of design motifs with the Spanish settlers in Chimayo, New Mexico is a whole topic in itself. These images: Navajo blankets 101.1

Images from:
Woven by the Grandmothers
Ed. Eulalie H. Bonar
Smithsonian Institution Press

Additional selected bibliography from my personal library:

Navajo Textiles
The William Randolph Hearst Collection
Nancy J. Blomberg
The University of Arizona Press

The Song of the Loom
New Traditions in Navajo Weaving
Frederick J. Dockstader
Montclair Art Museum

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