The Dr. Samuel R. Poliakoff Collection of Western Art

at the Abbeville County Library System, Abbeville, SC

Jim Abieta
Jim Abieta
Jim Abieta
Jim Abieta
Nathan Begay
Nathan Begay
Rena Billie
Rena Billie
Louise Goodman
Martha Gordon
Mary Kee
Charles Lee
Lucy Leuppe McKelvy
Cecelia Nelson
Ida Sahme
Jennie Thomas
Tony Tso
Faye Tso
Sue Williams
Lola Yazzie
Sally Yazzie
Wide Ruins Tapestry Weaving (#130)

Navajo weaving has deep historic roots as a dynamic, evolving practice. It has always been a valuable trade item with other Native peoples— Navajo blankets were widely worn throughout Native North America in the nineteenth century. Beginning in the 1890s non-Native traders intervened helping guide weavers in creating new styles that would be more appealing to non-Native buyers. The 1930s development of the Wide Ruins style as seen in this blanket, emphasized the use of muted natural plant dyes, banded designs, and no borders to evoke earlier eras of Navajo weaving.


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