Contemporary Navajo Weaving: Double Weave Saddle Blanket, Circa 1990, 22″ x 34″


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Double Weave Saddle Blanket

Double Weave Saddle Blanket woven in the 1990’s. This is an authentic Navajo weaving in beautiful condition with an intricate pattern, different on each side. Size: 22″ x 34″

Double Weave

Navajo handwoven double weave saddle blankets are fancy saddle blankets, often featuring bright colors, elaborate patterns and fringes. They were probably more for show than function. Saddle blankets are the only type of textile that were simultaneously popular among Anglos, Hispanics and the Navajo themselves. Woven with hand-spun wool.

A Guide to Navajo Rugs

There is an ageless beauty to Navajo weaving. Navajo weavings are many things to people. Above all else, Navajo weavings are masterworks, regardless of whose criteria of art is used to judge them. They are evocative, timeless portraits which, like all good art, transcend time and space. Navajo weaving has captured the imagination of many not only because they are beautiful, well-woven textiles but also because they so accurately mirror the social and economic history of Navajo people. Succinctly, Navajo women wove their life experiences into the pieces.

Navajo people tell us they learned to weave from Spider Woman and that the first loom was of sky and earth cords, with weaving tools of sunlight, lightning, white shell, and crystal. Anthropologists speculate Navajos learned to weave from Pueblo people by 1650. There is little doubt Pueblo weaving was already influenced by the Spanish by the time they shared their weaving skills with Navajo people. Spanish influence includes the substitution of wool for cotton, the introduction of indigo (blue) dye, and simple stripe patterning. Besides the “manta” (a wider-than-long wearing blanket), Navajo weavers also made a tunic-like dress, belts, garters, hair ties, men’s shirts, breechcloths, and a “serape-style” wearing blanket.