[Late 19th–early 20th century blanket by Navajo people, Native American; churro wool, aniline, and vegetal dye; 75 x 50 inches; Given to the Birmingham Museum of Art by the estate of Coleman Cooper.]
Wonderfully graphic and durable, too, this brilliant red handwoven "wearing blanket" (a wrap worn by both men and women) is one of seventeen Navajo rugs and five chief's blankets recently culled from the permanent collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art for its exhibition, Woven Splendor. The show remains on view through December 30, so there's still time to see this special installation of stunning textiles.
[Image via Meredith College's Navajo research site.]
here for a list of Navajo textile books.