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    Classic Navajo Woman's Manta
    Circa 1870
    Length 41 in. Width 53 1/2 in.

    The design layout on this attractive manta features two bands of spider woman crosses set against the red background, a brown center, and indigo blue end zones. The indigo-dyed blue ends are done in a diamond twill weave while the rest is done in diagonal twill. "Predominant in Pueblo textiles from the days of the Anasazi through recent times, the various twill weave techniques were rarely used by Navajo weavers after 1800 but made a brief resurgence in popularity in the 1870s, particularly in the weaving of saddle throws and women's mantas. Twill weaves are considered to be sturdier than tapestry weaves...The twill weave mantas of the 1870s appear to be a revival of the earlier Pueblo style."
    The materials in this classic weaving include cochineal-dyed red bayeta, indigo-dyed handspun in both light and dark blue, and natural brown handspun.

    Provenance
    David Cook, Fine American Art, Denver, Colorado.

    Reference
    Kaufman, Alice and Selser, Chris. The Navajo Weaving Tradition: 1650 to the Present. E.P. Dutton, Inc., New York, 1985, p. 138.



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    September, 2006
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