Saddle Blanket - Double : Historic : GHT 2038

The Navajo are gifted artist of woven art.  Each weaver sees their next project in their mind and sets off to bring it to life on their loom.  There are diagrams or plans, just an image given to their spirit by Spiderwoman. Some are bold. Some are intricate.  Some have many colors.  Some have a few.  Some are made from a traditional design format.  Some are free-hand. 

This is a beautiful example of a free hand double saddle blanket woven in the 1920s.  The loom artist carded the wool by hand to create the lovely brown-gray variegation you see as the foundation for this piece.  After the wool was carded and the desired color was formed, she would spin the carded wool several times to get a uniform thread size.  She used natural brown/black wool in the corners and as outlines for the box flowers in the center.  The weaver used dyed red wool for outlines and fill for the flowers.  Some flowers were filled with cream colored wool.

This piece was intended to be folded in half and placed under a saddle to provide comfort for the horse.  Upon close inspection you can see all of the "lazy" or section lines that the weaver incorporated into the piece which allowed it to conform to the horse's shape. 

Style Saddle Blankets
Weaver Unknown
Date circa 1920
Size 31″ x 52″ (.787M x 1.32M)
Item # GHT 2038
Learn more about Navajo woven Saddle Blankets

Contact us for more information, pricing or to order – steve@navajorug.com or 520-455-5020 -- We will be glad to help you!

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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