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Description
Blanket
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Blanket
Date made
1880
associated dates
1973 07 00 / 1973 07 00
1973 07 00 / 1973 07 00
place made
United States: New Mexico, Chimayo
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
ID Number
CL.307460.04
accession number
307460
catalog number
307460.04
Credit Line
Gift of Gen. &Mrs. Louis A. Craig
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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