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Transitional Period Weavings

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 5:22 PM

Transitional Period Weavings

One of the most interesting periods in the history of Navajo weaving began in the 1880’s and went through the first decade of the 1900’s. It is called the Transitional era because it marked the switch between the weaving of wearing blankets by Navajo women to weavings intended for sale.

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A Late Germantown Transitional Weaving

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 5:05 PM

A Late Germantown Transitional Weaving

Towards the end of the1800's, the Navajo had begun to adopt the clothing worn by the traders and settlers in the Southwest. The Navajo women moved from wearing the woven dresses and blankets that came from their looms and adopted the long velvet skirts and blouses that they were first exposed to by U.S. Army officer's wives while the Navajo were kept in captivity during the Civil War.

Men began to adopt the pants and shirts of the white man. Fashion was changing on the Navajo reservation and even the traditional Navajo blanket was being replaced by the Pendleton blankets sold by the trading posts.

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