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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Woven Together

[Tapestry- and diagonal twill-weave single saddle blanket, Spider Woman Cross style, 1880–90 Handspun wool and three-ply Germantown wool H. C. Yountz Collection. Image via MIAC.]

More than a year ago, I posted to Tumblr an incredibly graphic, boldly colored geometric cover from the exhibition They Wove for Horses: Diné Saddle Blankets at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC).

[Tapestry-weave single saddle blanket, 1930–40. Handspun wool warp and weft, and aniline dyes. MIAC.]
The show has been long-running and is just now in its final weeks, scheduled to close next month on August 18. So if you plan to be in Santa Fe this summer, there's still time to see not only the intricately crafted textiles but also related turquoise and silver headstalls made by Diné silversmiths.

[MIAC Santa Fe Rain Wool Rug at West Elm]

[MIAC Dragonfly Wool Dhurrie at West Elm]
MIAC has been on West Elm's radar, too. For its new fall 2013 collection, the home furnishing emporium peeked into the museum's archives and collaborated with curators. The rug designs pictured here were drawn from early 20th century Native textiles. A portion of sales of these handwoven pieces will go back to MIAC, benefiting museum education programs and future exhibitions.


Anonymous said...

I've been drooling over that Butterfly dhurrie but they just don't make the right size for me :-(
Love your fresh new banner!

Style Court said...

Oh, too bad about the size.

Thanks, Jacqueline !

Charles said...

Thanks for sharing these vintage designs! Having spent time in the Southwest I think the world really needs to see more of these Native American patterns and the character they can add to whatever they adorn.

Style Court said...

Charles -- so glad you appreciate the designs too!