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Optical Art Crystal Transitional blanket. Woven with Merino wool using aniline red dye. Woven more like a blanket instead of a rug, this optical textile is a transitional weaving. Between 1895 and 1905, Navajos made the switch from weaving primarily blankets to rugs.
This weaving was part of an Exhibition showing at the Tucson Desert Art Muse...
Do you see the subtle diagonal lines in this piece? They're called "lazy" or sectional lines, however they are always placed intentionally by the artist. In this instance, the weaver used them to create southwest landscape images, and to add depth and dimension to the piece.
The weaver used all hand-spun naturally colored Merino and Churro wo...
When you look through all of the weavings the first thing you notice is how each one is unique, individual, and has a singular story.
This is a gorgeous transitional piece from the 1900s, woven from all natural native Churro wool. The natural variegation of the brown/gray wool look like wood - as if it had been a log which had been sawed in hal...
JB Moore Crystal
In 1911 JB Moore published a catalog featuring rugs that could be purchased. This weaving was derived from plate XII (see images) and original sold for $1 per square foot, or approximately $35, a pretty expensive piece in those days.
The red was dyed, and the rest was woven using naturally colored native wool which had been hand-carded and han...
It's very possible that this unusual piece was a demonstration piece woven in the 1890s. It was woven like a Chief Blanket.
It's from what has been recognized as the "Transitional" period of Navajo weaving. Weavers began to experiment with color and creating more complex designs. The loom artist behind this piece was certainly showing their ...