Reverse of Double-Sided Saddle Blanket

From the press release:
They Wove for Horses: Diné Saddle Blankets

Two-faced weave and diagonal-twill weave
single saddle blanket, 1900–1915
Cotton warp, handspun wool weft and commercial dyes
Mrs. Phillip Stewart Collection, courtesy of John and Linda Comstock and the Abigail Van Vleck Charitable Trust (9517/12)

Diné who examined this two-faced saddle blanket drew different interpretations from the designs on each side. Most identified the tripes as a rainbow against the white background. The other side as variously interpreted. The middle motifs might be male and emale, life lines or numerical symbols. The straight stems were viewed as childhood and old age intersected by the circular shape of
adulthood. Excerpt from Weaving a World: Textiles and the Navajo Way of Seeing by Roseann S. Willink and Paul G. Zolbrod (Museum of New Mexico Press, 1997)

Usage: Courtesy Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Credit: Photo Blair Clark

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