Warp-Faced Red, White, and Green Hopi Pueblo Belt

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Both Navajo and Hopi make warp-faced belts, both styles with center panels patterned in warp-float. The center panel features red wool designs floated over white cotton warp and the two outer panels feature red and green woven sections.

Evidence indicates that the Pueblos were making these before the arrival of the Spaniards as one figure in the Awatovi murals appears to be wearing a warp-faced belt. It is believed the Navajo were taught this weave after the arrival of the Spaniards.

Belts like this, along with a kilt and sash, are worn in Hopi Pueblo ceremonies.  This fabric trio is given to young Hopi men from their godfathers when they are initiated. The fringe on the belt represents rain, an all-important necessity for the Hopi to grow food products.  At 6000 feet in elevation, summers are hot and dry, and winters are cold and mostly dry.


Condition: good condition

Provenance: this Warp-Faced Red, White, and Green Hopi Pueblo Belt is from the estate of a family from the mid-western United States

Recommended Reading: Weavings of the Southwest by Marian Rodee

Relative Links: Pueblo TextilesHopi Pueblo, Hopituh Shi-nu-muDiné of the Navajo Nation

Alternate close-up view of this Hopi Pueblo dance belt.

 


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