Crystal JB Moore Plate XXVII Transitional : Historic : GHT 882

In 1911 JB Moore published a catalog featuring rugs that could be purchased.  This weaving was derived from plate XII (see images) and original sold for $1 per square foot, or approximately $35, a pretty expensive piece in those days. 

It's easy to see why - the skill and talent of an experienced Master Weaver brought this piece to life!  The red was dyed, and the rest was woven using naturally colored native wool which had been hand-carded and hand-spun,  The initial carding was done to clean and straighten the wool.  The wool colors were carefully blended to achieve the desired colors. It was spun several times to attain a wool thread which was consistent in size and quality. It would have taken several months to prepare the wool before it ever touched the loom. 

Originally seen as a result of JB Moore's influence at the Crystal Trading post, this "quincunx design (an arrangement of five objects with four at the corners of a square or rectangle and the fifth at its center) was woven by just one family for a while. The Storm pattern had one appearance in his 1903 catalog (#9) and two in the 1911 catalog (#27 & #28) it was very well received.  Later, the Storm Pattern became a regionally recognized style from the Tuba (western area) of the reservation. 

Style JB Moore 
Weaver Unknown Navajo
Date circa 1910
Size 54″ x 95″ (4'6" x 7'11")
Item # GHT 882
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