Navajo Woven Horse Saddle Blanket, Multiple Colours, Geometric Shapes.
Navajo Hand Woven Horse Saddle Blanket, Multiple Colours, Geometric Shapes.
History of Navajo Saddle Blankets
Replacing sheepskin pads in the 1860s, Navajo Saddle Blankets became the preferred choice for anyone looking to add comfort and style to their wooden or leather saddles. Tightly woven and with intricate designs, they provided important extra padding at a time when comfort was a premium. Highly collectable even today, these saddle blankets often boast simple patterns but come in a variety of colours, sizes, and thicknesses.
There can be little doubt that the rich Navajo weaving tradition has contributed significantly to the material horse culture of the West. The winning combination of beauty and durability of the Navajo saddle blanket made them an indispensable part of the American Cowboys’ outfit. Available from trading posts across the Navajo reservation, they became some of the most affordable and eagerly sought examples from the Navajo loom.
With the introduction of the 1890s and subsequent popularity of Pendleton trade blankets, the saddle blanket became truly the last blankets the Navajo produced for themselves. Woven as gifts for family and friends, they became treasured possessions of the Navajo horseman.
Code - TEX1D319PVC
Width: 24 3/4" Length: 35 3/4" Depth: 1/4" Weight: 568 g
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