Navajo Weaving - 1900's Germantown, C007202

Historic Navajo Germantown Weaving. 

Unknown Weaver, Ca. 1890-1900.

Measures 83 x 60 Inches. 

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  • Vintage Germantown Navajo weaving was originally from the Chee Dodge collection.  Chee Dodge was the first Navajo Tribal Chairman in the 1920's. The weaving was then purchased by the Fred Harvey Co. in 1964 from the Dodge estate. Later it was purchased from the Fred Harvey Company by a Kansas doctor who owned it to present day. The rug has the original tags from the Harvey Co.still attached. Measures 6'11" by 5'0".  No condition issues. This weaving was woven on a loom that was not large enough to hold the entire vertical length of the rug. In order to weave this large piece on a loom with a restricted height, the weaver wove the first section of the weaving (approximately 1/4th of the total ) and then loosened the tension on the warp threads, lowering them down until the top of the part she had completed was at the bottom of the loom. She then sewed the warp threads, where they emerged from the part of the weaving she had completed, to the bottom of the loom and tightened the warp threads again. In order to complete the weaving, she had to do this two more times. This put stress on warp threads and when the weaving was completed, there were three visible lines of “bumps,” where the warps had been pulled tight, across the weaving. You can see where the piece had been sewn to the loom. These are called "sew lines" and are fairly common in older weavings. One reason could be that the family was traveling at the time, maybe to a summer range for the sheep, and could not transport a large loom. Or, perhaps the weaving was made in the winter and the large loom would not fit in the hogan. These sew lines are seldom seen today and are historically important to understanding the loom process the weaver was using. 

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