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Navajo (Furnishing Fabric)

A work made of acrylic and rayon, plain weave; screen printed.

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  • A work made of acrylic and rayon, plain weave; screen printed.

Date:

1974

Artist:

Designed by Ben Rose (American, 1916–2004)
Produced by Ben Rose, Inc. (American, 20th century)
United States, Illinois, Chicago

About this artwork

Designer Ben Rose based this pattern on woolen textiles created by artists of the Navajo Nation in the southwest of the United States. These weavings, called diyogí in Navajo, often feature bold, geometric designs, especially in red, black, and white. Beginning in the 19th century, such fabrics became highly sought after, especially by non-Native collectors who used them to decorate their homes. Ben Rose liberally reinterpreted their woven designs in this commercial, screen-printed fabric, which was intended for use in household furnishings.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artists

Ben Rose (Designer) , Ben Rose, Inc. (Producer)

Title

Navajo (Furnishing Fabric)

Places

Chicago (Object made in), Illinois (Object made in), United States (Object made in)

Date

Made 1974

Medium

Acrylic and rayon, plain weave; screen printed

Dimensions

58.1 × 63.8 cm (22 7/8 × 25 1/8 in.); Repeat: 33.6 × 14.9 cm (13 1/4 × 5 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Rose

Reference Number

1995.90.8

Extended information about this artwork

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