Navajo. <em>Blanket</em>, 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)

Blanket

Artist:Navajo

Medium: Wool, dye

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:1880-1890

Dimensions: 54 5/16 x 66 15/16 in. (138 x 170 cm)

Collections:

Accession Number: 43.201.190

Image: 43.201.190_PS5.jpg,

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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