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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.
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...
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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Contemporary weavers of today still embrace this style. Weaver Vina Nakai brought this brilliant piece to life. The judges at the 2015 Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial felt it's energy and awarded it second place as a Germantown Reproduction weaving.
The 1880s brought the Navajo an influx of Germantown 3 and 4 ply, aniline dyed yarn supplied by...
James Joe creates highly desired and magnificent Germantown style weavings. This one-of-a-kind piece took 2nd place in the 2015 Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial.
It measures 34" x 48" - a great size for almost any space! Notice how he placed a red, white, and blue ric-rac border around the central belted diamonds to showcase the luscious turquoise...
Woman's mantas were woven as two panels that were sewn together leaving neck and arm holes. They usually featured a simple design, often comprised of three rows.
In this case we have a lovely panel made in the 1880s, and woven with germantown yarn. Germantown yarns were 3-4 ply and of bright bold colors. This piece is in excellent condition a...
This early Germantown Storm Pattern weaving is in EXCELLENT condition. It is very finely woven as the detailed images will confirm.
It's interesting as you study this design in detail, you can see how the four corner elements are connected by pointed lightning lines and surround the central twin-element.
This exceptional rug has many design...
This 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 as the fringe could be easily worn away from the saddle rubbing on it.
Eye dazzlers are certainly a descriptive name for these pieces! As Navajo weavings go, these were first seen in the 1870-80's, as the Santa Fe railroad brought settlers to the West, and trading posts carried synthetic dyes and commercial yarns in beautiful colors from Germantown Pennsylvania.
The love and fascination with this style of weaving...