Date(s) - March 28, 2016 - May 08, 2016
Fralin Museum of Art
Diné (The People) are more commonly known as the Navajo. These Athabascan speakers settled between 1,000 and 1,525 CE—along the regions whose political boundaries we recognize today as Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. Originally a hunting and gathering culture, archaeological evidence reveals the Navajo possessed weaving skills to make clothing and other utilitarian objects to support their lifestyle. Women were the weavers. They utilized an upright loom strung with a continuous, vertically oriented warp yarn. A textile is crafted by threading the thicker weft yarn horizontally over and under the vertical warp. Each new stitch builds the fabric in a manner similar to the way a mason creates a brick wall—piece by piece. The grid-like format of “building” the textile lends itself to the creation of geometric forms. This exhibition closely examines the play of geometry in a variety of functional Navajo textiles in the collection of The Fralin.