Navaho Weaving

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Author: Amsden, Charles Avery (1899-1941)

Year: 1949

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

Place: Albuquerque


xx+263 pages with figures, tables and over 230 illustrations, including more than 100 excellent photographs of authentically dated blankets.; plus two color lithographs of Navajo weaving patterns (1 folding), laid in a Chief Blanket 1900 Serigraph Print number 17/30 signed by Michele Menotti; map end papers. Royal octavo (9 3/4" x 6 1/4") Foreword by Frederick Webb Hodge. Color pictorial cloth in Navajo weaving pattern design. There are two color lithographs (One folding of a Navajo weaving pattern (23 3/4" x 17") and one of a Navajo Chief Blanket from 1900 (11 1/4" x  10"). Revised edition. First published in 1934 by the Fine Arts Press of Santa Ana.

First in-depth study of the technical aspects of Navaho weaving, plus history of the loom and its prototypes in the prehistoric Southwest, analysis and description of weaves, dyes, and more. Indispensable resource for collectors, weavers and ethnologists. 

 This is the book on Navajo textiles, scholarly, readable, significant, and beautiful. This posthumous second edition is slightly revised in the light of subsequent findings, and contains a foreword by the director of the Southwest Museum, where Amsden was employed at the time of his premature death.


Joints and extremities lightly rubbed, slight soiling; previous owner’s signature on front paste down. Better than very good issued without dust jacket.

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