Germantown Optical Navajo Weaving : Historic : GHT 2203

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 vast array of colors. During the early years 1864-1875 Germantown yarn was 3 ply and was 4-ply after 1875. This yarn was provided as an annuity by the U.S. Government until 1878, after that the local Traders supplied Germantown and other yarns.

Here we have a piece from this period, woven in the 1880s in MINT condition. It is an exceptional example, finely and tightly woven using 4-ply Germantown yarn.

This rug was part of the Navajo Textiles as Modern Art Exhibit and is featured in the catalog on page 6. 

Style Germantown 
Weaver Unknown Navajo
Date circa 1880
Size 49 1/2″ x 68″ (1.25M  x 1.72M)
Item # GHT 2203
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Do you like weavings of similar styles or designs?  If so, you might be interested in GHT 1924, a beautiful optical weaving in harvest colors, seen here:

GHT 1924 - Transitional Optical Weaving

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Type: Germantown

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