Late Classic pictorial child's blanket

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Late Classic pictorial child's blanket

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circa 30” wide x 48” long

natural and raveled wool

Dyes: Deep red: pure lac; Light red: 95% cochineal and 5% lac; Blue: indigo-dyed; white wool is natural (no dyes). Dye test results are available.

Excellent condition

circa 1865-1870

ex: Private Collection

Price on request

(mc2148)

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There are very few pictorial textiles dating to this early period. This textile clearly is one of the very early pictorials. The images of sheep are folky and charming. In addition, this child’s blanket is in excellent condition.

Lac and cochineal-dyed wools were greatly appreciated by the Navajo.  The Navajo have always loved vivid colors. They did not have a natural red dye in their own environment, however, and thus they used whatever red-dyed cloth and occasionally red-dyed wool that came their way. In the case of cloth, they unraveled the cloth and respun it to their twist (which we call "raveled"). This continued until the arrival of the railroads in the Southwest in 1880 which brought synthetic red dyes and other vividly dyed wools.