Navajo sampler woven out of Germantown wools

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Navajo sampler woven out of Germantown wools

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19" wide x 18.5" long

woven out of 4-ply commercial wools from Germantown, PA area

circa 1880-1890s

Excellent condition. There are a few broken warps at the finishing edge and a very small area of moth grazing (very minor damage. visible in photographs).

ex: Private Collection

$750.*SALE (previously $850.)

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When the railroads arrived in the Southwest in 1880, they brought academicians and tourists alike. This opened up a vibrant trade in goods made by the Indians of the Southwest, including textiles woven by the Navajo.  The railroads also brought commercial wool from the mills in around Germantown, Pennsylvania, to the Navajo, and these wools were given by the trader to the best of Navajo weavers. 

The Germantown wools were plyed and dyed with synthetic vibrant dyes (1880s and beyond). The Navajo love these colors, especially red, which was not available in the Navajo's natural environment. This led the Navajo weavers to broaden their use of serrated edges in their designs so that the colors became "dazzling"; hence the name given to these textiles: eyedazzlers.

This sampler shows clearly what we mean when we say it is an eyedazzler. The colors of the wool remain vibrant and this sampler has survived the years in excellent condition.

$950.

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