Red Mesa Navajo Weaving : Historic : GHT 2244

When you ask those who love and collect the Red Mesa style of Navajo weaving, one recurring comment you will hear is that "I love the organized chaos".  There is always so much happening in a Red Mesa weaving, but every pattern, every design, every shape, every color is woven with purpose.  

This gorgeous weaving serves as an excellent example.  Look at all of those beautiful colors.  That gorgeous golden brown was achieved using Mountain Mahogany root. 

The brown seen in this beauty was made from Mountain Mahogany. In the book "Weaving a Navajo Blanket" (p 41), it describes the process of obtaining the brown dye: "The color made from this formula is, in my opinion, the best which the Navajo make. It is neither brown, tan, nor red, but has elements of all three. Although a neutral color, it is lively and is much like the pink of the sandstone cliffs in the light of late afternoon.

It is made by boiling the bark of the root of mountain mahogany, adding a small quantity of juniper or spruce branches, and fixing with rock-salt. The dying is easy. The preparation of a sufficient quantity of root is at best a back-breaking job. The shrub is not plentiful; when found, the roots must be dug out with a grubbing hoe, and later pounded thoroughly. It is possible to use the entire root, but only the bark contains color, and a satisfactory quantity of the root is likely to be too bulky for an ordinary vessel used in dyeing. It took us a whole day to collect the amount we used, another day to grind the bark and dye the yarn. When we had finished, we had enough for two large skeins of the lightest shade." Book link: http://bit.ly/nrg-dyecolors

Style Red Mesa
Weaver Unknown Navajo
Date circa 1920
Size 4’3″ x 6’2″ (1.29M x1.87M)
Item # GHT 2244
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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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Type: Red Mesa


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