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Historic Navajo Textile on the loom. Germantown Sampler often called a Loomer.
This colorful sampler was woven using Germantown dyed wool and cotton warp. This would have been sold as a tourist item sold to visitors to the great Southwest.
21" x 21"
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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This Germantown Serape is very similar to one published on page 50 of
Navajo Textiles- The William Randolph Hearst Collection written by Nancy Blomberg c/o 1988
Also referred to as "neo-classic" by author Gilbert Maxwell, this dramatic wavy-lined serape is one of five known Germantown blankets to be woven in this classic serape style. Woven...
Currently on loan to the Booth Museum in Cartersville GA. 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 pr...
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 ...
Germantown Woman's manta. Germantown yarns were 3-4 ply and of bright bold colors. This piece is in excellent condition and was woven very tightly - so to repel the weather.
Wearables: Manta, Serape, Child
54" x 41″ (4'6" x 3'5")
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Germantown Storm Pattern very finely woven. This exceptional rug has many design elements from the JB Moore Catalog and should be considered a plate variant of these rugs. Plate #9, plate #13
This weaving was featured in a London Financial Times article. Click here to view the article.
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...
Navajo single saddle blanket, colorful and fancy piece was woven using Germantown dyed wool. However, the white/cream colored wool, is hand-spun native wool. The fringe which accessorizes the back edge of the blanket indicates that this was a Sunday blanket, or one used on special occasions.