Dec 8, 2009

Wearing Blanket with Moki (Moqui) Stripes

Wearing Blanket with Moki (Moqui) Stripes

1865–1875

Tapestry weave: wool (handspun, Germantown, and bayeta)

Overall: 181 x 131.5 cm (71 1/4 x 51 3/4 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1921.564

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Diné (Navajo) textiles are microcosms of the history and cultural complexity of the southwest. By 1500, the Diné had migrated from the sub-Arctic (Canadian) north to the southwest, where they learned to weave from the resident Pueblo people. This launched a famous, centuries-long tradition during which Diné weavers turned successive waves of influence—first from the Pueblos and then from Europeans—to their own creative ends in fabrics made for themselves as well as for native and Anglo markets.

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