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Weaving a Navajo blanket

Gladys A. Reichard

Weaving a Navajo blanket

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Published by Dover in New York .
Written in English


Edition Notes

StatementGladys A. Reichard.
The Physical Object
Pagination222p. :
Number of Pages222
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL19762012M

For marketing purposes a heavy fleece is desirable, for hand-carding and spinning, extreme crimpiness may be a severe handicap, for the craftsman must achieve with primitive implements and hand power that which our own wool manufacturers attain by means of complicated machinery run by electricity. Notice any similarities between this year old Bakhitiari Kilim and Navajo rugs? How the weaving frames were built and what they were made of was documented. The author guides readers through each step, from choosing the wool through carding and spinning warp and weft yarns, building and setting up a loom, creating a design, and carrying out the actual weaving. That is an important ten percent because it furnishes not only the cash resources of the family, but it is also the satisfaction of their creative ability. Many thanks to Becky Menlove, Lisa Thompson, and Tim Lee for their work in developing the exhibits to display the Twin Rocks collection, creating their gorgeous "Weaving a Revolution" book, and helping with the content of this blog post.

The blankets were sold at trading posts, the trade being the main source of income for the Navajos for many decades as opposed to the agrarian culture of the Puebloans. Ceremonial, by Evelyn Cly. Yet the basket weaving tradition was alive and well with the Navajo families of isolated Douglas Mesa. Support poles were traditionally constructed of wood; steel pipe is more common today. The US government made an effort to combat the poor quality wool of the French Rambouillet sheep they had introduced in the late nineteenth century.

Weavers creating blankets at the Hubbel Trading Post in The black sheep of Navajo flocks has the crimpiness of the merino and no amount of carding, or skill in hand-spinning will create a smooth yarn comparable to that which is easily achieved from the white Navajo fleece. In fact, Navajo artists were influenced in part by the Spanish who had introduced cotton to the Pueblo long before Navajo weaving is an exciting art form — a truly American art form and a joy to own and collect. Such few sheep as may have survived from that early period would probably have had so little effect on the huge flocks of the present day as to be negligible. If the family needs the money secured for the rugs, if one of the women is a recognized artist, if circumstances are such that her labor may be spared from other necessary pursuits, she may be given the leisure to weave and is required to do little else.


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Weaving a Navajo blanket book

Speaking of vegetal dyes it may be something of a surprise to learn that this was not an old Navajo tradition. Preparation of yarn and the weaving itself are activities always on hand; only rarely, in the summer at least, do the women make a business of them. Short-stapled Rambouillet wool has a tight crimp, which makes hand spinning difficult.

Navajo Blankets and Weavings

It is not the province of a successful Navajo matron to herd, but if necessity demands she will do it. As is true for the Navajo dogs, no combination seems impossible. Pueblo Influence Navajo blankets were traditionally woven on primitive, hand-operated looms, pioneered in the area by the Pueblo people.

The same year saw the import of three-ply dyed yarn from Germantown, Pennsylvania. His goal was to establish a key for southwestern textile identification based on the traits that distinguish the Pueblo, Navajo, and Spanish American blanket weaving traditions—and thereby provide a better way of identifying and dating pieces of unknown origin.

I have seen wool of this kind so clean and long that it could be spun without carding. Instead, red cloth was imported from England, as the English were accomplished at extracting carmine dye from the cochineal beetle.

Violence had been the keystone. Some days she will have visitors. Spectacular designs in combination with vegetal dyes and natural wool colors give new hope for similar creativity in other locales. Who cared? The more sheep a man had the greater his wealth.

For years we have been hearing that Navajo weaving is doomed. The flocks will differ, too, according to the part of the Reservation where they roam, for the various districts have been influenced by as many theories of "improvement" as there are white men interested in them.

One of the oldest surviving Navajo blankets, which is retrieved from Canyon de Chelly, also called Massacre Cave. It was a lot of information that included information about their sheep, the wool that they gathered and how it was prepared for weaving. Museum Quality Navajo Rugs Many of the Navajo rugs for sale on our site, including many of the new pieces, have literally hung in museums.

In either case the weaver may be present, in the capacity of patient, cook, or guest. Nearly photographs and line drawings illustrate the processes and finished work. Oftentimes the historical context of an art piece can be just as enticing as the actual product itself.

Purveyors of Navajo Wovens and Availability The oldest surviving Navajo rug is a so-called Massacre Cave blanket, dated to aroundwhen a group of Navajo people seeking refuge in the holy cave, Canyon de Chelley, were shot and killed by the Spanish. The Natural History Museum of Utah NHMU is fortunate to be the home for a collection of Navajo baskets that embodies both of these ideas: a contemporary art movement and new cultural achievement that is rooted in the form and techniques of ages-old ceremonial objects used by Navajos on a daily basis.

If you choose wisely and carefully, select what you like and depend on a knowledgeable dealer to advise you, it can be an investment. From towhen Rambouillet bloodlines dominated the tribe's stock, Navajo rugs have a characteristically curly wool and sometimes a knotted or lumpy appearance.

A venturesome goat has nosed down a weak log of the corral, or has beaten a trail over the confines. Sally Black actively sought to bring the emerging art form to museums and art shows across the country. One must bear in mind that the American west was not a civilized place when the Spanish arrived in the late Sixteenth Century.

The Navajo word for "teach" is to "show", and that is exactly what they do.Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Weaving a Navajo Blanket by Gladys A. Reichard (, Paperback, Reprint) at the best online prices at eBay! Free shipping for many products!5/5(1). Although the emphasis is on typical blanket weaving, the author also covers the related arts of saddleblanket weaving, warp weaving, scalloped edge weaving, double-faced weaving, and sandpainting tapestries.

She also comments on history, patterns, symbolism, the effect of the market, and other matters that affect the Navajo weaving style/5(2). Mr. Getzwiller authored the book, “The Fine Art of Navajo Weaving”, published with, and photographed by Ray Manley. This book is available to give some basic understanding of the Navajo Weaver and their Art Form.

Overcopies sold. Out of print only a. Native American Art and Navajo Weaving Books. Experience Steve Getzwiller's huge selection of Navajo rug weaving, blankets, saddle blankets, jewelry, baskets and pottery.

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Weaving a Revolution: Contemporary Navajo Baskets

Learn more. Although the emphasis is on typical blanket weaving, the author also covers the related arts of saddleblanket weaving, warp weaving, scalloped edge weaving, double-faced weaving, and sandpainting tapestries.

Spiders' Games A Book for Beginning Weavers--over sized hardcover no Seller Rating: % positive. This week we have had a request from Rita for some ideas for Southwestern Style or Navajo Blanket and Afghan patterns. I’ve searched a few of my favorite free crochet pattern sources online to find a collection of patterns for this theme.