Navajo Germantown throw

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Navajo Germantown throw

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21 1/2" wide x 28" long

excellent condition

circa 1880-1890s

ex: Private Collection by descent

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When the railroads arrived in the Southwest in 1880, they brought with them opportunities for expanded trade between Native peoples and those throughout the United States. In turn, the railroads also brought other opportunities generated by the  import of new goods to the people of the Southwest.

A prime example of this is the expanded import of commercially produced wools.  These were purchased by traders who, in turn, made the commercial wool available to the best Navajo weavers. This freed the weavers from cleaning and dying the wool and allowed them to devote much more of their energy and time to their weaving. The finest textiles of this period, known as the Transitional Period,  are therefore those that were woven of wools from Germantown, Pennsylvania.

This textile is woven out of early Germantown wools. It is finely spun and well-woven with traditional designs. Its form represents the period in which it was woven, suitable for transport and decorative use in people's homes. It has descended in a family and it was well-cared for and appreciated.