Navajo Transitional Third Phase Chief Blanket - C3969H
There was a period between the end of the classic phase of weaving and the complete introduction of rug size textiles that is known as the transitional period. This was the period when weavers were transitioning from what they were used to making, to making what the traders wanted. This period is described as occurring between 1880 and 1920.
During the transitional period, Third Phase Chief Blankets were woven in the traditional pattern but in larger sizes—a size suitable for use on the floor or displayed on the wall, but too large to be worn as a blanket. That is what this Third Phase textile represents. It is probably from the very early 1900s, is of blanket quality, but too large to serve as a wearing blanket. It was woven from churro wool with the only dye being an aniline red.
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Navajo Wool Textile of a Single Figure Yei Rug - C3969G
A Yei (pronounced “yay”) is a spirit being of the Navajo (Diné) people. Yei are summoned by medicine men during Navajo healing ceremonies. The medicine man will create a dry painting to recreate specific stories which, along with songs, aid the patient in the healing process, to bring him or her back to harmony. The paintings are intricate, and for the ceremony to be successful, everything must be executed precisely. It can take years to learn the proper songs and the corresponding paintings that ensure harmony for the patient. The correct depiction of the Yei are essential components of the ceremony.
In the early 20th century, trading posts came into prominence on the Navajo reservation. The traders at individual posts promoted certain textile styles and patterns which they encouraged the weavers in their area to weave. Trader Will Evans at the Shiprock Trading Company fostered and marketed the pictorial designs which included Yei. Although Yei are religious beings from Navajo ceremonies, the weavings themselves have no religious significance. These rugs require a high degree of technical skill to weave and only the very best weavers could accomplish the task of creating a pictorial Yei weaving.
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...well, ol' hurricane Harvey is roaring through the area. He's stomping around and throwing a fit, making a general mess.
But as always, we'll endeavor to persevere 🏹
We decided to elevate the lovely selection of Navajo textiles we have just in case Harvey's flood water reaches in the gallery. Made for a neat photo... There's beauty everywhere if we just take a moment to look! 💙
As my Navajo elder-friend once told me; "Every day, walk in beauty!" 🌵 🌻
Go home Harvey!
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JB Moore recognized the unique skill of the Navajo weaver, and he and other Trading Post owners were responsible for the creation of regional styles of weaving. ⠀
JB Moore took the promotion of Navajo weaving a step farther than most and created a catalog in 1903 and 1911 of examples of weavings that could be purchased by the folks in the East. ⠀
This weaving was crafted using aniline dyes, hand carded, hand spun Native wool. ⠀
Style JB Moore ⠀
Weaver Unknown Navajo⠀
Date circa 1910s⠀
Size 53″ x 74″ ⠀
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This beautiful, vintage, Turquoise bracelet is stunning and would compliment any person who wore it. ⠀
Turquoise and Sterling Silver Navajo Bracelet⠀
Stamped : Sterling : F⠀
5 1/2″ silver band with 1/7/8″ opening⠀
Message for details
This is a great example of an early Crystal/Storm pattern rug. Hand spun, hand carded; native Wool; all natural wool colors with aniline red. ⠀
Size: 89″ x 40″⠀
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"Only the desert has a fascination -- to ride alone -- in the sun in the forever unpossessed country -- away from man. That is a great temptation."⠀
- D.H. Lawrence⠀
Photo Credit: @erikthorvald on Arizona
Navajo weaving is both an art form and a labor of love. That’s because these highly-detailed rugs, blankets and weavings aren’t just for comfort; they tell a historic tale of a proud people through beauty and innovative creativity.⠀
For more information on the history of Navajo weaving, visit the blog section on our site. ❤️
Woven by the daughter of Mae Jean Chester, Gabrielle brings together all things great about Navajo woven art. The greys and reds come together in a zig-zag pattern that create an "eye dazzler" or optical effect with motion. Gabrielle did a great job!
Style: Ganado - Klagetoh ⠀
Weaver: Mae Jean Chester⠀
Size: 28″ x 52″
Traditional vegetal dye-making can be a difficult process, especially when trying to achieve the right consistency during dyeing. Weavers use a variety of natural sources to get the right hues and colorations, including roots, berries, flowers, leaves, moss, bark, and even seeds, all of which will vary depending on the growing season. 🍇🌸🌱
Turquoise, often referred to as the oldest stone in man's history. It's the stone of protection -- a favorite of kings and warriors. 🦋
Navajo/Zuni Petit Point Jewelry
1 3/4″ x 2 1/2″
Pin and small hoop to attach to a Necklace
Mae Jean Chester is known for her tight weavings and intricate design. This is a wonderful mix of natural grey, browns, and mid-tone colors. Traditional in style of the Wide Ruins design, this wonderful weaving uses aniline dyed wool.
Weaver: Mae Jean Chester
Size: 29" x 48"
Ruby Panana has been creating stunning, naturally derived, pottery since 1983. Her pottery began winning awards from the very first time it was exhibited. Ruby's gorgeous works are on exhibit in noted Southwest galleries, and in other galleries such as the Wright Museum at Harvard. ❤️
For more information or to shop her pottery, use the link on our homepage. ✌️
Woven by a talented weaver, this handsome Red Mesa weaving is spectacular. Each belted diamond has a fine saw-tooth outline, and there is a Saltillo blanket design influence used. This weaving was hand carded, hand spun, and hand dyed Merino wool. It also has natural dyes using Mountain Mahogany root. This beautiful piece was featured in the Navajo Textiles as Modern Art exhibit held at Nizhoni Ranch Gallery March 11 - June 30 2017.
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Weaver: Unknown Navajo
Date: Circa 1900
Size: 73" x 38"
One of my favorite weavings by the artist #margaretcody purchased from #garlandsnavajorugs . It took us two years to save up money to buy a piece of her work only because we're public school teachers and owed student loans. Her work is incredible and I recommend checking her out. everyday I see some new color or hidden design. #desertlife#navajorug#robamarfa