Two Beautiful Blankets based on the Durango Collection

Thursday, September 26, 2019 10:30 AM

Two Beautiful Blankets based on the Durango Collection

Many of you who follow our newsletter are aware that we are in Durango, Colorado, the home of Fort Lewis College and the Center of Southwest Studies.

The Center is the home of the Durango Collection, representing 800 years of weaving in the Southwest. It was put together by Mark Winter and Jackson Clark Sr. The living collection, which is constantly being added to, was donated to the Center by Richard and Mary Lynn Ballantine of Durango.

The Durango Collection is one of the finest of its kind. Two blankets from the Collection have been chosen by Pendleton to be the first of their “Preservation Series” honoring early Navajo weaving.

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Modern Classic Navajo Chief Designs

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 11:11 AM

Modern Classic Navajo Chief Designs

The Chief Blanket, woven by the Navajo Women of the 1800’s, was one of the most prestigious possessions a Southwest American Indian could possess. The blankets were simple and elegant in their design, beautifully woven and accented the body of the weaver. 

At first, they were simple striped designs. Later they were accented with rectangles and diamonds. These blankets were made for the woman’s family and, when that need was met, they were made to be sold and traded. The name, Chief’s Blanket, came from the fact that the Chiefs of the Plains tribes commonly wore the blankets. They were the only ones who could afford them with a fine Chief’s blanket selling for as many as 20 horses!

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Transitional Period Weavings

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 3:22 PM

Transitional Period Weavings

One of the most interesting periods in the history of Navajo weaving began in the 1880s and went through the first decade of the 1900s. 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.

The evolution to the commercial marketing of Navajo weaving actually began in 1882 when the railroad reached Gallup. For the first time there was a way to transport goods back to the East. The trading post owners were quick to realize the economic benefits that would accompany this potential new market for Navajo weaving.

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The Perfect Gift for anyone who loves Navajo weavings!

Sunday, December 20, 2015 3:32 PM

The Perfect Gift for anyone who loves Navajo weavings!

Mae was born around 95 years ago. Even she does not know for sure how old she is because no one recorded the date when she was born.

We do know that she has been at it a long time!

Our father started buying rugs from her back in the 1960s and we continue to do that today.

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