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This colorful sampler was woven using Germantown dyed wool and cotton warp. If you look closely you will see some of the warp peeking through. It is not in 100% perfect condition - but hey few things are when they are 120 years old! Please pay close attention to the photos for the where the warp is showing and other imperfections. This piece a...
Historic Navajo Textile on the loom
GHT 2317 Germantown Sampler Loomer With Weaving Tool
21" x 21"
This would have been sold as a tourist item sold to travelers to the great Southwest!
The Navajo were rounded up by Kit Carson and led to Bosque Redondo where they were held prisoner from 1863-1868. Referred to as “the Long Walk”. Navajos lived in very harsh conditions, but were the only Native American Tribe that were able to return to their homeland. Headman Manuelito went to Bosque to negotiate their release in 1868.
Some saddle blankets were woven to be used only on special occasions. They were known as Sunday Saddle Blankets. This one is extra fancy with Germantown fringe.
This saddle blanket was part of the Desert Caballeros Western Museum exhibit - Ride Through History: Saddles that Shaped the West.
Moki weavings are very distinctive in the Hubbell Trading Post/Chinle area. This weaving is very likely to be one of a pair which was hung over an entry to a Hogan which Hubbell specialized in. Outstanding design and very well woven.
60" x 97"
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Germantown Sunday Saddle Throw, made with Germantown yarns. This beautifully designed Sunday or "fancy" single saddle blanket throw utilizes salt and pepper yarn with pompoms.
The fringe which accessorizes the back edge of the blanket indicates that this was a Sunday blanket, or one used on special occasions as the fringe could be easily worn a...
Germantown yarn (from Germantown Pennsylvania) was first introduced to the Navajo at Bosque Redondo, so the women would have some material to weave their highly prized rugs. The Navajo Indians were allowed to return to their reservation (1868), where the weavers continued to use the popular Germantown yarns because they liked working with the va...
Some saddle blankets were woven to be used only on special occasions. They were known as Sunday Saddle Blankets, and this one is extra fancy.
Used for special occasions to throw over the saddle, not under it. The weaver of this one added a longer fringe/tassel up both sides to help protect it, and provide a more complex display.
Hand carded and hand spun white and natural black field. Germantown yarn was used for the colored valero stars and border design.
This weaving was part of the Desert Caballeros Exhibition 2003 and is in the Treasures of the Navajo Horsemen catalog.
26″ x 34″
From the Chant Way Ceremonial we have a Great Star Pictorial weaving. This piece is incredibly rare and is from Steve's personal collection.
It was woven in the 1880s using 4-ply Germantown yarn. Stand back and look how the gifted weaver added those four black tag elements inside the weaving to give it dimension, as well as flaring the points ...
Likely woven in the 1900's on an outdoors upright loom, this gorgeous Germantown serape was tightly woven. 4-ply Germantown yarns were used to create this intense piece of woven art. One can see the Hispanic and Navajo influence in the piece.
This handsome work was a part of the Navajo Textiles as Modern Art exhibit (Mar 11 - June 30, 2017) at...
Take a look at this bright and beautiful Germantown style weaving! The bold red, indigo, green, and white, with black detailing is just stunning.
If displayed horizontally, serape style, the piece would magically fold so that the top and side shapes would match and it would give a dramatically different presentation.
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