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Wearing Blanket

By the mid-19th century, the Navajo had come to dominate the weaving trade among western tribes. Principal in that domination was the trade in “Chief’s Blankets” or “Wearing Blankets.” They were made of homespun yarn, which gave them a softer, “blanket” feel. They were so well made that they were sought after by men of status, especially those from the Plains tribes, hence the name “Chief’s Blankets.”

This is a Fourth Phase Transitional Rug woven in 1890. It is 62” X 94”. The background is a non-descriptive brown, with red-orange diamonds and black crosses. Please see the Spin Set image for the example of how the wearing blanket is properly worn.