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Between about 1860 and 1880 large diamond figures appeared on the stripes of Dine (Navajo) blankets, creating a design now called Third Phase. When the blanket was wrapped around the wearer, one diamond was at the back, and the half-diamond shapes came together in front to form a complete figure. This example is, like most, beautifully woven with very fine unplied white and naturally dark brown wool yarn in the broad bands, and deep red cochineal-dyed raveled and respun yarn in the narrow lines and the terraced outlines of the diamonds. The interiors of the diamonds are filled with yellow-buff vegetal-dyed raveled yarn, or bayeta. The central band looks purple because of the adjacent lines of red and indigo blue.
height 71 in ; width 51 in