Late Classic Woman's 2nd Phase Variant Chief's blanket

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Late Classic Woman's 2nd Phase Variant Chief's blanket

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52" wide x 36" long

handspun and raveled wool with synthetic and natural dyes, including lac and cochineal dyes

excellent condition

circa 1875-1880

ex: Private Collection

$25,000.

(MC2119)

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Two of the reds in this blanket have been tested and are cochineal and lac. While we have been told that there are some synthetic dyes in this blanket, we don't have the report and thus don't know if the synthetic dyes are red or other colors. There are other types of red-dyed wool in this blanket and we are going to have it retested.

This blanket is very finely woven and is in excellent condition. The wool is soft to the feel and very supple. The texture is that of a very finely woven blanket. The measurements are consistent with it being a wearing blanket and there is slight wear on the sides where the woman's hands would be place while the woman was wearing it and holding it tight. The colors are true but also soft and very pleasing.

Please note that the photos of this blanket are of both sides. A piece of velcro was stitched onto a strip of unbleached muslin on one side so that the textile could be safely hung in display. This is a method approved by conservators and is still one of the best ways to display Navajo textiles without harming them. I obviously positioned the camera off center but the blanket hangs easily and is very straight for a hand-woven textile. The side with the velcro may look strange to you but take a moment to look at it closely and you will realize that the muslin and velcro lie over the blanket’s design on that side. For point of information, these are stitched on with a very plain and relatively loose stitch and they can be easily removed from the textile without having caused any damage.