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#146: A quick one while she’s away

November 20, 2010

Back from the dead, but only for a moment to send all you beautiful people my warmest Thanksgiving wishes.  I’m leaving in a few for the airport for a week in beautiful (according to some!  Like my Mom!) Las Vegas.  Our four day excursion to Yosemite was canceled due to extreme weather conditions that we hadn’t banked on; apparently the road in from Nevada is closed for the winter.  Ambitions remain in tact. We’ll make a quick trip to Zion Canyon instead, my “happy place”, and favorite hunting grounds.

Some recent additions to the house:

Serape style Navajo weaving circa 1880.  Serapes were meant to be more as garments, rather than used as blankets.  This piece was woven in a transitional period when the Navajo were moving from weaving wearing blankets, to household weavings.  This weaving possibly roots from the Teec Nos Pos Navajo settlement, where the weavers were known for use of colors and outlining their shapes with contrasting color.

The dark blue in the crosses is dyed from indigo, which never fades.  The greenish color also has some indigo in it, mixed with other vegetable dyes.


A Third Phase chief’s blanket circa around 1890.  Pardon this awful picture of a beautiful thing.  More on Third Phase, here.

The reds are running a little bit, it’s a little worse for wear and tear, none of which takes away from how special I think this one is.  It’s perfect.

Giving thanks this year for living a life that allows all this treasure hunting.  How fortunate could one be.  Treasures certainly aren’t everything, not even close,  but it’s so nice to be able to share them with you.  Wishing everyone a beautiful, happy holiday. XOX

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 20, 2010 6:33 pm

    I Love those rugs!!!!!!! You are one lucky devil! I’m curious whether, in your southwestern rambles, you have ever been through Gallup NM? It seems central to the NM portion of Navajo lands, and I’m driving though it on I-40 on an upcoming trip from Santa Fe to Oakland. I wont have time to explore any further into the reservation areas, so I’m wondering if this would be a worthwhile stop. There is a shoe store there, “City Electric Shoe Shop” that sells the traditional Navajo-style moccasins; I was thinking of picking up a pair! Anyhoo… congrats on the new acquisitions– lovely!

  2. November 20, 2010 8:43 pm

    These are gorgeous!

  3. November 22, 2010 8:38 am

    your house must be huge!

  4. November 23, 2010 2:28 am

    = beautiful loom loot.
    were these picked up on the road?
    I like how you only have the REALLY good ol stuff.

    • indiansummervintage permalink*
      November 27, 2010 9:18 pm

      These both came from the same stashbox in Denver, CO. My dad found them during a brief jaunt. I hope you had a beautiful holiday XOX

  5. November 26, 2010 10:33 pm

    where’d ya get em? gorgeous!

    • indiansummervintage permalink*
      November 27, 2010 9:19 pm

      Found in Denver, CO. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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