Navajo (Diné) Northern New Mexico or Arizona, United States
About this artwork
Navajo weavers, most of whom were women, developed a new, more colorful and complex style of weaving in the late 19th century: they began incorporating wool yarns that had been dyed with vibrant commercial dyes, made available through expanded railroads. They often rendered the junctures between colors as serrated, zigzag lines, creating dynamic patterns that visually vibrate. For this reason, these textiles have come to be called “eye dazzlers.”
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Cotton and wool, single interlocking tapestry weave; twined selvages and heading, overcast finish terminating in tassels
214.5 × 155.7 cm (84 1/2 × 61 1/4 in.)
Gift of Mrs. William Bross Lloyd
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Richard Townsend with Elizabeth Pope, Indian Art of the Americas at the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago with Yale University Press, 2016), 86-7, cat 63.
Art Institute of Chicago, Folk Art Textiles, Nov. 1, 1971–Jul. 1, 1972.
Art Institute of Chicago, Agnes Allerton Gallery, Folk Art Textiles from the Permanent Collection, Nov. 8, 1980–Mar. 1, 1981.
Art Institute of Chicago, Agnes Allerton Gallery, Navajo Blankets, Jun. 1–Oct. 28, 1985.
Art Institute of Chicago, Department of African and Amerindian, Gallery 136, Dec. 19, 2011-Jul. 19, 2012.
Art Institute of Chicago, Arts of the Americas, Gallery 136, Aug. 13-Oct. 14 and Oct. 25, 2019-Jul. 9, 2020 and Jul. 29-Nov. 18, 2020 (Museum closed due to COVID-19 from Mar. 14-Jul. 30, 2020).
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