Southwest Textiles: Weavings of the Pueblo and Navajo

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Whitaker (director, Indian Arts Research Center in Santa Fe) explores the history and evolution of Navajo and Pueblo fabric arts. She presents 250-plus color illustrations of examples from the Southwest Museum's collection, together with 57 details of the works and 49 historical photographs. She also includes accounts of the early collectors and some of the colorful people who were involved in the founding of the museum and the shaping of its collection. The accompanying CD-ROM contains charts of the fiber and construction analysis performed on each of the textiles, as well as a complete inventory of the museum's holdings. Oversize: 10.25x12.25<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Kathleen Whitaker is the Director of the Indian Arts Research Center at the School of American Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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For the Navajo and Pueblo, weaving is far more than a craft or even an art form, it's a spiritual endeavor. Anthropologist Whitaker, director of the Indian Arts Research Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, presents brief but thoroughly grounding histories of their weaving traditions, explicating their cosmic implications and demanding techniques. She also gratefully records the 1907 founding of the Southwest Museum by Charles Fletcher Lummis, the repository for an extraordinary and unparalleled collection of southwestern American Indian textile arts dating from 1800 and moving forward in time, the source of the magnificent pieces displayed so vibrantly here in more than 300 thread-sharp, deeply hued color photographs, many of which fill entire pages in this handsome, large-format volume. Ponchos, serapes, shoulder blankets, dresses, all are identified by date, place of creation (if known), patterns, and dye and thread sources, technical elements bolstered by photographs circa 1900 of weavers at work. Certain design motifs are called eyedazzlers, a designation appropriate, metaphorically, for every work of art exhibited here, spellbinding weavings that vibrate with nothing less than the power of prayer. Donna Seaman
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Book Description University of Washington Press, Los Angeles, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New dust. 10 x 12 Hardback in dustjacket in New condition; Illustrated by 313 color plates 43 black and white; Weavings of the Pueblo and Navajo from the Southwest Museum. Massive and beautiful. Includes a CD-ROM. From the publisher: "The significance of Navajo and Pueblo textiles transcends simple artistic expression. Through the spiritual activity of weaving, male and female weavers beautify their world and integrate their art into the 'web of life.' Both the Navajo and Pueblo believe that the culture hero Spider Woman has taught them to create with patience, understanding, and sensitivity. Yet over the centuries, Navajo and Pueblo textiles have developed along distinct paths that reflect the unique historical and individual experiences within each culture. The textiles collection of the Southwest Museum illustrates the rich interplay between these two peoples and their art. "Southwest Textiles tells the story of the history and evolution of Navajo and Pueblo fabric arts. Over 250 outstanding examples from the Southwest Museum's collection are reproduced in full color, along with 57 details of these works and 49 historical photographs. Also included are absorbing accounts of the early collectors of these superb textiles and of some of the colorful individuals who were instrumental in founding the Southwest Museum and shaping its collections."An accompanying CD-ROM includes comprehensive charts of the fiber and construction analysis performed on each of the textiles illustrated in the book. The charts are prefaced by an overview of the analysis. Also on the CD is a complete inventory of the museum's southwestern textiles collection." ; 6.5; 432 pp. Bookseller Inventory # BOOKS004747I

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