Navajo Child's Blanket : Kathy Marianito : Churro 1317

This weaving is part of an Exhibition showing at the Tucson Desert Art Museum January 4 2017 to April 30 2017 – If purchased prior to /or during the Exhibition, the weaving will be available for delivery, as soon as possible, after May 30, 2017


"Spider Woman, in some Navajo legends, is a Kisani (Pueblo) woman who was taught the craft by a spider. In acknowledgement of their debt to Spider Woman, one of the Holy People of Navajo mythology, Navajo weavers always left a hole in the center of each blanket, like that of a spider's web, until the traders in the early part of this century refused to buy such blankets.

Most Navajo weavers still acknowledge the debt by leaving a "spirit outlet" in the design. The spirit outlet usually takes the form of a thin line made from the center of the blanket to the edge, and also serves, Navajo weavers believe, to prevent "blanket sickness." The People have a phrase similar to "cobwebs in the brain" and believe that Spider Woman, to whom the tribute of a spider hole has been denied, will spin webs in the head of the weaver if the spirit outlet is omitted. Since the weaver carries the pattern of the blanket in her head from beginning to ending, perhaps blanket sickness is more real than imagined."

-- Pg. 34 The Book of the Navajo; 1976, Raymond Friday Locke.

In this beautiful Child's Blanket, Kathy Marianito carried on the tradition of using the Spider Woman Hole in the center of the piece. It was woven from Churro wool, using all natural dyes. The judges at the Gallup Ceremonial approved and in 2013 awarded this piece 1st place!

For a great article about Kathy from the Western Art Collector Magazine, click here:

Style Wearables: Manta, Serape, Child
Weaver Kathy Marianito
Date 2013
Size 36" x 60" (3′ x 5′)
Item # Churro 1317
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