Rio Grande Vallero Blanket

ca. 1880-ca. 1885

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Cotton and wool with aniline dyes
47 x 78in (119.4 x 198.1cm)
Credit line
Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay
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Further information
In addition to Pueblo and Navajo weavings, Rio Grande textiles comprise a rich traditiion in New Mexico. Spanish settlers along the Rio Grande used a horziontal treadle loom, instead of the vertical loom of the Pueblo and Navajo, to produce these textiles. The horizontal look allowed for a nearly endless length of yardage, which resulted in a textiles with fringes originating from the ends of the warp. Developed in the village of El Valle, north of Santa Fe, the Vallero-style blanket is brilliantly colored and characterized by the eight-pointed star motif.


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