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{"id":7563452867,"title":"Serape Navajo Weaving : Historic : GHT 778 : 54″ x 76″","handle":"ght-778-late-classic-navajo-serape-circa-1870s","description":"\u003cp\u003eExquisite serape featuring raveled American flannel and bayeta cloth. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMaterials: Merino Wool, raveled flannel \u0026amp; bayeta cloth\u003cbr\u003eColors are Indigo blue with plied yellow-green-orange-brown\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe art of plying was done when threads were unraveled from from bolts of flannel (American made cloth) or bayeta cloth (imported from Europe) and then re-spun together into a 3-ply yarn that could be woven on the traditional Navajo upright Loom.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFrom an \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.library.arizona.edu\/exhibits\/swetc\/inbl\/body.1_div.4.html\" target=\"_blank\" title='Excerpts from \"CHAPTER IV. 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Thus it was combined overcoat, water-proof, and adornment.\"\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRainbow bars, crosses (stars) rivers or lightning zig-zags, are all very important in the life of the Navajo Indian.  These powerful symbols once told a story that is a mystery today. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis blanket, possibly 150 years old, is a rare opportunity to own part of the Native American History. During the early pioneer days the Navajo would trade with other Indian Tribes and the Cavalry.  A single Navajo Blanket was sometimes traded for many horses or as much as $50 in gold.  A Navajo blanket was highly prized and valuable, as they were so tightly woven they could save a life, keeping the owner warm and dry in a rain or snowstorm.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis particular weaving is expertly woven and as all Navajo Weavers incorporated art into life.  The combinations of color and design elements reveal a complex yet geometrically simple art statement.  Navajos were the pioneers of Modern Art.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ctable style=\"width: 359px;\"\u003e\n\u003ctbody\u003e\n\u003ctr style=\"height: 22px;\"\u003e\n\u003ctd style=\"height: 22px; 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bayeta cloth\u003cbr\u003eColors are Indigo blue with plied yellow-green-orange-brown\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe art of plying was done when threads were unraveled from from bolts of flannel (American made cloth) or bayeta cloth (imported from Europe) and then re-spun together into a 3-ply yarn that could be woven on the traditional Navajo upright Loom.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFrom an \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.library.arizona.edu\/exhibits\/swetc\/inbl\/body.1_div.4.html\" target=\"_blank\" title='Excerpts from \"CHAPTER IV. The Bayeta Blanket of the Navaho\" ' rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e1896 book\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e, Dr Lummis describes bayeta weavings as, \u003cem\u003e\"The Navahos used to ravel this cloth and use the thread for their finest blankets; and it made such blankets as never have been produced elsewhere. Their durability is wonderful. They never fade, no matter how frequently washed—an operation in which amole, the saponaceous root of the Palmilla, should be substituted for soap. As for wear, I have seen the latter blankets which have been used for rugs on the floors of populous Mexican houses for fifty years, which still retain their brilliant color, and show serious wear only at their broken edges. And they will hold water as well as canvas will.\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003ca name=\"d20e2126\"\u003e\u003c\/a\u003eA balleta (bayeta) blanket like that pictured elsewhere is worth $200 and not a dozen of them could be bought at any price today. It is seventy-three inches long by fifty-six inches wide and weighs six pounds. You can easily reckon that the thread in it cost something, at $6 a pound, and the weaving occupied a Navaho woman for many months. It is hardly thicker than an ordinary book cover, and is almost as firm. It is too thin and stiff to be an ideal bed-blanket, and it was never meant to be one. All blankets of that quality were made to be worn on the shoulders of chiefs; and most of them were ponchos—that is, they had a small slit left in the center for the wearer to put his head through, so that the blanket would hang upon him like a cape. Thus it was combined overcoat, water-proof, and adornment.\"\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRainbow bars, crosses (stars) rivers or lightning zig-zags, are all very important in the life of the Navajo Indian.  These powerful symbols once told a story that is a mystery today. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis blanket, possibly 150 years old, is a rare opportunity to own part of the Native American History. During the early pioneer days the Navajo would trade with other Indian Tribes and the Cavalry.  A single Navajo Blanket was sometimes traded for many horses or as much as $50 in gold.  A Navajo blanket was highly prized and valuable, as they were so tightly woven they could save a life, keeping the owner warm and dry in a rain or snowstorm.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis particular weaving is expertly woven and as all Navajo Weavers incorporated art into life.  The combinations of color and design elements reveal a complex yet geometrically simple art statement.  Navajos were the pioneers of Modern Art.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ctable style=\"width: 359px;\"\u003e\n\u003ctbody\u003e\n\u003ctr style=\"height: 22px;\"\u003e\n\u003ctd style=\"height: 22px; width: 91px; text-align: left;\"\u003eStyle\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd style=\"height: 22px; width: 254px; text-align: left;\"\u003eWearables: Manta, Serape, Child\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr style=\"height: 22px; text-align: left;\"\u003e\n\u003ctd style=\"height: 22px; width: 91px;\"\u003eWeaver\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd style=\"height: 22px; width: 254px;\"\u003eUnknown Navajo\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr style=\"height: 22px; text-align: left;\"\u003e\n\u003ctd style=\"height: 22px; width: 91px;\"\u003eDate\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd style=\"height: 22px; width: 254px;\"\u003ecirca 1870\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr style=\"height: 22px; text-align: left;\"\u003e\n\u003ctd style=\"height: 22px; width: 91px;\"\u003eSize\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd style=\"height: 22px; width: 254px;\"\u003e54″ x 76″ (1.37M  x 1.93M)\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr style=\"height: 22px; text-align: left;\"\u003e\n\u003ctd style=\"height: 22px; width: 91px;\"\u003eItem #\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd style=\"height: 22px; width: 254px;\"\u003eGHT 778\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr style=\"height: 22px;\"\u003e\n\u003ctd colspan=\"2\" style=\"height: 22px; width: 345px; text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/navajorug-com.myshopify.com\/pages\/wearables\"\u003eLearn more about wearable weavings\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003c\/tbody\u003e\n\u003c\/table\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eContact us for more information, pricing or to order – \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"mailto:steve@navajorug.com\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\"\u003esteve@navajorug.com\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e or 520-455-5020 -- We will be glad to help you!\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e"}

Serape Navajo Weaving : Historic : GHT 778 : 54″ x 76″

Product Description

Exquisite serape featuring raveled American flannel and bayeta cloth. 

Materials: Merino Wool, raveled flannel & bayeta cloth
Colors are Indigo blue with plied yellow-green-orange-brown

The art of plying was done when threads were unraveled from from bolts of flannel (American made cloth) or bayeta cloth (imported from Europe) and then re-spun together into a 3-ply yarn that could be woven on the traditional Navajo upright Loom.

From an 1896 book, Dr Lummis describes bayeta weavings as, "The Navahos used to ravel this cloth and use the thread for their finest blankets; and it made such blankets as never have been produced elsewhere. Their durability is wonderful. They never fade, no matter how frequently washed—an operation in which amole, the saponaceous root of the Palmilla, should be substituted for soap. As for wear, I have seen the latter blankets which have been used for rugs on the floors of populous Mexican houses for fifty years, which still retain their brilliant color, and show serious wear only at their broken edges. And they will hold water as well as canvas will.

A balleta (bayeta) blanket like that pictured elsewhere is worth $200 and not a dozen of them could be bought at any price today. It is seventy-three inches long by fifty-six inches wide and weighs six pounds. You can easily reckon that the thread in it cost something, at $6 a pound, and the weaving occupied a Navaho woman for many months. It is hardly thicker than an ordinary book cover, and is almost as firm. It is too thin and stiff to be an ideal bed-blanket, and it was never meant to be one. All blankets of that quality were made to be worn on the shoulders of chiefs; and most of them were ponchos—that is, they had a small slit left in the center for the wearer to put his head through, so that the blanket would hang upon him like a cape. Thus it was combined overcoat, water-proof, and adornment."

Rainbow bars, crosses (stars) rivers or lightning zig-zags, are all very important in the life of the Navajo Indian.  These powerful symbols once told a story that is a mystery today. 

This blanket, possibly 150 years old, is a rare opportunity to own part of the Native American History. During the early pioneer days the Navajo would trade with other Indian Tribes and the Cavalry.  A single Navajo Blanket was sometimes traded for many horses or as much as $50 in gold.  A Navajo blanket was highly prized and valuable, as they were so tightly woven they could save a life, keeping the owner warm and dry in a rain or snowstorm.

This particular weaving is expertly woven and as all Navajo Weavers incorporated art into life.  The combinations of color and design elements reveal a complex yet geometrically simple art statement.  Navajos were the pioneers of Modern Art.

Style Wearables: Manta, Serape, Child
Weaver Unknown Navajo
Date circa 1870
Size 54″ x 76″ (1.37M  x 1.93M)
Item # GHT 778
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