3rd Phase Chief Blanket Navajo Weaving : Historic : PC 72
|Size||50" x 68" (4'2" x 5'8")|
|Item #||PC 72|
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Trading Posts on the Navajo Reservation began with government oversight. The rules which allowed for trade on the reservation were strict. A bond of $10,000 was required up front and a license was only granted to US Citizens who could demonstrate exceptional character. In 1868 three initial licenses were granted to conduct trade with the Navajo.
In the 1890s this exceptional 3rd Phase Chief Blanket came to life after the weaver hand-sheared, hand-carded, hand-spun, and hand dyed Merino wool. The gorgeous red was created using aniline dyes.
Can you imagine how stunning this would have looked when worn? It certainly would have made a bold statement about the owner.
This piece is featured in our Navajo Textiles as Modern Art exhibit.
A unique blend of history, Native American culture and storytelling make these weavings an art like no other.
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