Navajo Double Saddle Blanket : Historic : PC 83

This is a double saddle blanket from the Crystal Area was featured in the Navajo Textiles as Modern Art exhibit held at Nizhoni Ranch Gallery March 11 - June 30 2017.  Check out Navajo Textiles as Modern Art  catalog on page 28.

The rider would fold it in half under the saddle to provide extra padding and comfort to the horse. The "lazy" or sectional lines that were intentionally woven into this piece acted as "hinges" which would help the blanket conform to the horses back. 

Woven in the 1920s using hand-carded, hand-spun native wool.  The red is aniline dyed; all other is natural wool colors.  The weaver was an expert in carding the wool to create such refined coloring.  

Style Saddle Blankets
Weaver Unknown
Circa 1920s- 1930s
Size 33" x 48" (0.83M X 1.22M)
Item # PC 83
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