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Woven Art from the Navajo Loom: History, Design, and Techniques

Evening Seminar

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Code: 1H0863

Navajo weavers have been famous for their spectacular blankets and rugs for centuries. From the appropriation of Pueblo looms and sheep from Spanish colonists to the establishment of trading posts by Anglo settlers, Navajo textiles reflect the experiences of this resilient people among their neighbors in the American Southwest.

Originally created for utilitarian purposes, these pieces are now regarded as woven art that embodies a unique aesthetic with enduring appeal. Showcasing stunning weavings, textile historian Cecilia Anderson highlights the origins and history of the Navajo weaving tradition and the signature designs and colorful techniques that distinguish these iconic textiles. Anderson is on the faculty of the Smithsonian–George Mason University MA in the History of Decorative Arts program.

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To learn more about the traditions of the Navajo, listen to clips from Smithsonian Folkways>>


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S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Metro: Smithsonian Mall Exit (Blue/Orange)