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Late Classic Moki Serape, c. 1870

Late Classic Moki Serape, c. 1870

Late Classic Moki Serape, c. 1870

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This Navajo Serape measures 50” x 71” and is woven with hand-spun natural white, brown, and indigo dyed blue. The light red is aniline dyed, raveled single-ply yarn which helps date it to between the late 1860s and the mid 1870s. The artist is unknown.

It was made toward the end of the Navajo Classic weaving period. It offers an eclectic impression of Southwestern weaving history. It was woven on the early Puebloan style upright loom that the Navajo later adopted. The “Moki style” background of narrow indigo blue and brown stripes was named for its popularity among the Hopi or “Moki” people, as well as the Navajo and Hispanics of Northern New Mexico. Finally, the diamonds are derivative of the Saltillo serape of Mexico.

The result is a timeless, elegant textile. The piece is show vertically to better present the intended orientation of the art. It is meant to be wrapped around a human body and make a strong, beautiful statement.

The choice that drives the beauty of this blanket is the use of broader white bands separating the “Moki” brown and indigo bands. This creates a contrast and definition that allows the primary design elements to make a clear statement. If these bands were less broad, the designs would more cacophonic, less clear.