Monthly Archives: December 2016

Navajo Rug Weaver Carding Wool, Arizona

This image shows a typical Navajo rug weaver at her loom, using a carding tool to work the wool.

Reproduction from Mike Roberts Kodachrome

The description states:


The artistic and intricate designs of the Navajo blanket are original work of native weavers, using home-grown wool that is raised, processed and dyed by Navajo Indians in Northern Arizona.

— A substantially complete work can be seen on the loom, and another is being used as a rug for the weaver.

This image likely dates from the 1950s.

Navajo Rug Weaver and Loom, New Mexico

This image shows the traditional method for weaving Navajo rugs, a very popular and successful product for the Navajo nation.

Kodachrome Reproduction by Mike Roberts Studios

The description states:


Navajo rugs are worked on in the Navajo Hogan in winter and outside under a tree in the summer. Wool is sheared from the sheep, sorted and washed, carded to make fibers fine in one direction and worked into a cord used for weaving. These rugs are made completely of wool, and famed for their beauty and durability.

–This image likely dates from the 1950s.

Navajo Family, New Mexico

This image shows an extended Navajo family in front of a typical domicile wearing clothes common for the 20th Century, and for the women, for some time before.

Genuine Curteich-Chicago “C. T. Art-Colortone’ Post Card

The description states:


The Navajo Indians, 50,000 in number, show little influence of the advance of civilization, living by the primitive methods of their forefathers. Many of them live in such remote districts far from civilization that they seldom see a white man.

Their hand made blankets, of wool from the sheep raised by them are known for their unexcelled quality and design throughout the world. Their hand made jewelry is as much sought for.

–This image likely dates from the 1940s.