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Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Wool, dye
  • Place Made: United States
  • DATES 1880-1890
    DIMENSIONS 54 5/16 x 66 15/16 in. (138 x 170 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 43.201.190
    CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Navajo (Native American). Blanket, 1880-1890. Wool, dye, 54 5/16 x 66 15/16 in. (138 x 170 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks, 43.201.190. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 43.201.190_PS5.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 43.201.190_PS5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Design is stripes and frets in indigo, red, black and white. Condition: good. In 1880-1881 the Santa Fe Railroad was extended through Navajo territory, bringing new materials and new customers for Navajo weavings. As soon as commercial four-ply yarns and aniline (chemical) dyes became available, Navajo weavers employed them to their full potential. Designs changed from simple stripes and conservative diamond patterns to an explosion of innovation in weaving, with new colors not available with natural dyes such as yellow, orange, green, and purple.
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