Thursday, September 24, 2009

Navajo Weaving at University of Colorado

In Boulder, I visited the exhibit of Navajo weaving at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.

©University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

They hold an important and extensive collection of southwestern weaving. There will be three different groups of textiles on display at different times as part of this exhibit.

©University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

One large room is devoted to this exhibit. In addition to the textiles, they have books, a video and a loom that visitors can try.

The examples of Navajo weaving were beautiful. One highlight of the exhibit is a weaving that has a completely separate front and back. Different colors, different designs, just joined at the selvedge. Very interesting and very unusual.

©University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

I was able to take pictures of the exhibit, but am not permitted to publish them (online or otherwise). If you have a particular interest in Navajo weaving and aren't able to visit the exhibit, please let me know and I'll see if I can show you the pictures. There are also more images available at the museum website.


charlotte said...

That sounds like a very interresting visit! What a pity you weren't allowed to publish your photos.

Delighted Hands said...

Thanks for the shots of these-my fav part of visiting in CO was the pottery and weaving.

Jennifer said...

I understand that one can take classes in the Navajo nation on weaving. Did you see anything like that? These are gorgeous. I can only imagine what they looked like in person!