Mexican blanket dating

17-Apr-2018 05:19

rior to the trading post era when the Navajo learned to make rugs for the American resale trade, the Navajo wove only blankets -- both for themselves and for trade with the Spanish and with other Native American Indian tribal cultures.Blankets were woven in several sizes but three major forms: serape (a shoulder blanket that is woven longer than wide), saddle blanket (in single form a squarish small weave or in double saddleblanket form to be folded in half under the saddle for extra cushioning), and in chief's blanket form.The collectibility of rare and early Navajo Blankets has long attracted the wealthy and celebrated collector from William Randolph Hearst --who over a period of a decade or so before 1920 collected more than 200 important 19th century Navajo blankets-- to the leading actors, filmmakers, recording artists , politicians and business tycoons of today who seek similar items.Today, anyone who has an interest in decorating their home or office in historic weavings can find examples to fit every budget and every display purpose.

The Pueblo tribes grew cotton and wove blankets and garments on a distinctive pueblo loom hundreds of years before the Spanish arrived (these weaving skills perhaps brought up by Indians from what is now Mexico and Central America), yet it was the Spanish who first introduced sheep to the Southwest.

There are a number of clues to dating the manufacture of various point blankets.