Indian Blankets And Their Makers
In this book the author of Indian Basketry contributes his discussion of Navaho weaving traditions with an examination of their blanket manufacture. His book, with a wealth of first-hand material on native traditions and more commercial ventures, is still one of the best for learning the rang of patterns and techniques that went into creating “the finest pieces of their kind made anywhere in the world.”
With a concentration on the Navahos, and occasional discussion of the blankets of other Southwestern tribes, James examines in detail the history and production of Indian blankets: the introduction of the loom and wool, the early history, the bayeta blanket made from yarn unravelled from blankets made in England, old style native wool blankets, the song of blessing the blanket, deteriorations and improvements brought about by traders, dyeing with native and aniline dyes, the significance and symbolism of color, the origin and symbolism of design, a Navaho weaver at work, the designs on modern Navaho blankets, Pueblo and Navaho squaw dresses, belts, garters and hair bands, the outline blanket, the Kachina or Yei blankets, the classification of modern blankets. Pueblo Indian weavers, the Mexican Chimayo blanket, and much more. But, most noteworthy to mention is that there are 254 illustrations, including 32 in color, that show the finest blankets of all types as well as the process of blanket weaving.
This is an unabridged republication of the work originally published in 1914.