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Maker(s):Anonymous
Culture:Native American, Diné
Title:Eye Dazzler Rug
Date Made:1890s-present
Type:Textile
Materials:wool
Place Made:United States; Southeastern Utah; Northeastern Arizona; Northwestern New Mexico
Measurements:80 x 55 in.; 203.2 x 139.7 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1977.33.9
Credit Line:Gift of Catharine W. Pierce, class of 1912
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Description:
This woven Navajo wool rug displays a red aniline dye background, two bands of yellow aniline dye, two naturally dyed brown bands, and a series of naturally dyed brown "Germantown Eyedazzler" diamonds in the formation of repeating "X"s or "arrows." Aniline dyes, producing vibrant colors that did not easily fade, became popular in the late 1880s, when the detailed "Germantown Eyedazzler" weaving pattern (consisting of fine diamonds and zigzags, rather than geometrics or horizontal bands) also originated. The rug exhibits both of these characteristics. The Germantown Eyedazzler patterns, now associated with Navajo weaving, were named after Germantown yarn--a thin type of expensive yarn that, when it became available, was used by only the best Navajo weavers. AP2018

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