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Blanket Dress

Object Number:38499
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Navajo
Provenience: Arizona
New Mexico
Culture Area: Southwest Culture Area
Date Made: ca. 1860
Early Date: 1835
Late Date: 1885
Section:American
Materials:Homespun Wool
Natural Dye
Length: 166 cm
Width: 124 cm
Credit Line:Wanamaker Expedition to the Southwest, R. Stewart Culin, 1901

Description

Blanket dress made from two pieces loosely woven together with brown thread. Black central area with thick bands of red at the top and bottom ends. The red sections have thin bands of black and blue and a zigzag, stepped line in black. Blue weft selvedges and blue warp selvedges with some yellow visible underneath. Each corner of the two pieces has a tassel in blue and black, giving the dress eight tassels. Torn from edge near one corner and a repaired tear slightly in from that same corner. Two large soiled areas.

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