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Artist Unidentified
Title Classic Navajo Serape
Date c. 1860
Medium Handspun wool, lac, cochineal dye
Culture Dine' (Navajo)
Catalog Number 2006.37.1
Collection Native American Collection
Object Name Blanket
Credit line Gift from the Collection of Drs. Mark and Kathleen Sublette
Didactic Information The provenance, or ownership history, of this weaving traces to Fred Harvey, a prominent owner of a chain of hospitality businesses alongside railroads in the West. This serape, a wearable textile, was produced with dyes from the cochineal insect as well as secretions of lac insects. These produced the deep red color of the wool.


La procedencia, o historia de la propiedad de este tejido se remonta a Fred Harvey, un prominente propietario de una cadena de negocios de hospedaje junto a ferrocarriles en el Oeste. Este sarape, un textil usable, fue creado con los tintes del insecto de la cochinilla, así como las secreciones de insectos laca. Éstos produjeron el color rojo oscuro de la lana.

(October 2017)