Escalante’s Third Phase Chief collection
Escalante Imports, an Arizona-based company known for fine hand-woven rugs, has introduced a collection of chief and saddle blankets, which are among the most artistically important and valued textiles of the Navajo weaving tradition. Like its rugs, the blankets of Escalante’s Third Phase Chief collection are crafted far in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains by the Zapotec Indians of the Oaxaca Valley, whose centuries-old weaving tradition dates back to before the arrival of Christopher Columbus. Each is hand-dyed and -woven, thread by thread, in designs inspired by those of the Navajo, Acoma, Hopi, and Pueblo Indians. Made of weft yarn hand-spun from wool, the blankets are woven the traditional way on upright treadle looms and finished with braiding at the corners.
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