SOLD Crystal Navajo Weaving : Historic : GHT 1917

This is an exquisite example of the beauty of Mahogany Root dyed wool.  To create wool of this color was, and still is, very labor intensive.  

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:

In addition to the gorgeous coloring in this piece, it's a great example of a weaving from the Crystal area of the Navajo Reservation. 

It's been said by Navajo weavers, "If you like a piece it's not because you like it, it's because IT has chosen you."

Close your eyes. Can you see this piece on a wall in your home or office? If so, you may have been chosen to be the next stop in this weaving's life journey.  Let us help this vision become a reality.

Style Crystal
Weaver Unknown Navajo
Date circa 1930s
Size 42″ x 62″ (1.06M x 1.52M)
Item # GHT 1917
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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: Crystal

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