Ca. 1850

The step diamond pattern in the center indicates a Saltillo style serape or poncho popular and common from New Mexico to Guatemala. Thousands of head of sheep were brought in with the Spanish colonization and were well suited to the environment. Wool manufacture become an important part of the local economy. Local Indians already created weavings made from cotton and other plant products. The Spanish incorporated wool manufacturing techniques and encouraged the Indians to do more weaving. The industry died off when new trade brought in cotton cloth, but was revived again when the railroads brought in the tourist trade.

Date Made: 1880Associated Dates: 1973 07 00 / 1973 07 001973 07 00 / 1973 07 00

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New Mexico, Chimayo

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Credit Line: Gift of Gen. &Mrs. Louis A. Craig

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CL.307460.04Accession Number: 307460Catalog Number: 307460.04

Object Name: Blanket

Physical Description: cotton (overall material)wool (overall material)dye, cochineal (overall material)red (overall color)pink (overall color)green (overall color)blue (overall color)white (overall color)yellow (overall color)saltillo (overall style)woven (overall production method/technique)Measurements: average spatial: 137 cm x 46 cm; 53 15/16 in x 18 1/8 in


Record Id: nmah_1061017

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