Chief Blankets derive their
name from an old tradition among Southwestern tribes. Because
woven blankest were expensive, they were usually owned by those
who were of great stature - such as the chief. Nineteenth century
photographs often depicted such chiefs with their woolen blankets
and serapes draped about them. Today, modern weavers have revived
the traditional designs.
Blanket Revivals are contemporary
weavings bearing the classic wearing blanket patterns of the
19th Century. While Navajo weaving has evolved a great deal over
the past century and a half, these weavings pay tribute to some
of the earliest and most enduring patterns of this art form.