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2nd Phase Ladie's Chief Blanket, c. 1870's

2nd Phase Ladie's Chief Blanket, c. 1870's

2nd Phase Ladie's Chief Blanket, c. 1870's

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This piece measures 36" x 49", hand-spun black and white, indigo blue dye on hand-spun yarn, bayeta red, excellent condition, c.1870's, artist unknown.

Ethnographic art holds a special place in Native art. It is the work they made for themselves. While a man's chief blanket was frequently commissioned by military officers, the ladies garments were typically worn by Native women and not sold to the trade. This is such a piece. It was a garment of the highest fashion in it's day for any Native woman and a symbol of high status. There are some diagonal lines in the middle band but everything else is strictly 2nd Phase horizontal. The diagonals lend a bit of creative license that indicate the 1870's date.