Navajo Transitional Third Phase Chief Blanket - C3969H
There was a period between the end of the classic phase of weaving and the complete introduction of rug size textiles that is known as the transitional period. This was the period when weavers were transitioning from what they were used to making, to making what the traders wanted. This period is described as occurring between 1880 and 1920.
During the transitional period, Third Phase Chief Blankets were woven in the traditional pattern but in larger sizes-a size suitable for use on the floor or displayed on the wall, but too large to be worn as a blanket. That is what this Third Phase textile represents. It is probably from the very early 1900s, is of blanket quality, but too large to serve as a wearing blanket. It was woven from churro wool with the only dye being an aniline red.