Classic Rio Grande Blanket

60” x 90”

Dates to the 3rd Quarter of the 19th Century

An extremely rare and unusual banded and designed blanket with five tapestry bands comprised of terraced chevrons. This example showcases the dyer’s art, utilizing almost every natural dye seen in colonial New Mexico; medium dark indigo, variegated indigo green, suspected chamisa yellow, canaigre (dock root) golden orange, and pale faded Brazilwood round out the palette of beautiful colors.

Measuring 60″ x 90″, it is an unusually wide Rio Grande blanket and a companion piece to an important blanket in the Millicent Rogers Museum collection (BL65) that shares identical width, dye palette, and terraced chevron bands structured identically.


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