wool and cotton
Native Arts acquisition funds
Navajo artist, Textile, about 1890. Wool, cotton, and dye; 85½ x 55½ in. Denver Art Museum: Native Arts acquisition fund, 1949.3689
This object is currently on view
Dimensionslength: 85 1/2 in, 217.17 cm; width: 55 1/2 in, 140.97 cm
CollectionIndigenous Arts of North America
Blankets woven in a riot of vivid colors with dizzying design combinations created a style of textile now referred to as eyedazzlers. Navajo weavers are justly famous for the excellence of their textiles. Over more than three hundred years of artistic production, designs and materials changed frequently. The eyedazzler style was popular with weavers and their customers from about 1880 to 1900 when brightly colored commercial yarns were widely available through newly established trading posts on the Navajo Reservation.
Known ProvenanceKohlberg’s, Denver, CO, before 1949; Denver Art Museum, 1949.