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Navajo Germantown Rug

  • 56 in. L x 34 in. W
    Cotton, dye
  • On display in Making Modernity
  • 2008.008.001


The brightly colored rugs and other textiles woven by the Navajo during the 1860s and 1870s became known as “Germantowns,” after Germantown, Pennsylvania, home to the mills that produced the synthetically dyed yarn. This lightweight, brilliantly colored yarn in shades of red, blue, green, purple, black, and yellow never before available to the Navajos enabled weavers to create new, intricate designs of dazzling complexity.

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