Vintage Navajo Weaving: Chinle Blanket, 70″ x 47″


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Chinle Blanket

This banded Chinle Blanket is woven with 100% wool on a traditional Navajo single upright loom with hand spun and dyed yarn using rich red and black as well as subtle grey, brown and lavender. It measures 70″ x 47″.

History of Chinle Design

Named for the regional area in the central part of the Navajo reservation near the Canyon de Chelly in Arizona. A rug style with banded patterns and vegetal colors, characterized by simple elements and motifs within the bands. Traders in the Chinle area initiated a revival period in design and color in the 1930’s.

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.