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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...
The depth and dimension of the natural hand-spun Merino wool are so rich in this piece. We found this piece in Steve's private collection and are now offering it for purchase. It's easy to see why Steve stored this one away!
45" x 85” (1.143M x 2.15M)
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 XXVII (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 h...
First is the age, this piece is from the 1890s and is in excellent condition! 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.
This weaving is a plate variant from the JB Moore catalog. The 1st catalog came out in 1903. This weaving i...
This weaving is part of Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles April 5,2019 - September 2,2019 at the Heard Museum
This weaving is part of an Exhibition showing at the Tucson Desert Art Museum January 4 2017 to April 30 2017.
The Transitional period (1890-1910) in Navajo weaving was a time of many changes. The Navajo were permitted to...
Woven in the early 1900s this piece was brought to life months after the all natural native Churro wool had been hand-sheared, hand-carded, and hand-spun. The wool had to have been spun many times to get such a tight and consistent weave. Take a look at the detailed images to see the quality workmanship in this piece.
The many "lazy" or secti...
A most unusual and beautiful Yei piece! Female Yeis with elongated torsos are the focal point of this piece. Each carry rainbow bar streamers, and rainbow bars float in the space between them.
This weaving is from the turn of the century woven from all hand-carded, hand-spun, and hand-dyed Merino wool. This weaving played part in the Woven...