Germantown Optical Navajo Weaving : Historic : GHT 2203
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.
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.
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|Size||49 1/2″ x 68″ (1.25M x 1.72M)|
|Item #||GHT 2203|
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A unique blend of history, Native American culture and storytelling make these weavings an art like no other.
To be showcased on your walls or grace your floors, this functional heirloom is one-of-a-kind piece of history that took 100's of hours to create and will last many lifetimes. We'd love to tell you more about it!
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