COMMON THREADS Pueblo and Navajo Textiles in the Southwest Museum
by Kathleen Whitaker
Pueblo and Navajo Textiles in the Southwest Museum was published in conjunction with an exhibit of the same title by the Southwest Museum and was presented from October 25, 1998 through September 26, 1999. The textiles featured in this exhibit and book tells a remarkable story of the evolution of the weavings of the Pueblo and Navajo weavers. Containing a retelling of how Spider Woman gave knowledge of weaving and brief histories of Pueblo and Navajo textiles, as well as the cultural interaction of these cultures, this book gives the reader a sound base. Photographs of weavings, the people and area bring the text to life. Common Threads brings together 68 Pueblo and Navajo textiles, created over the last 180 years, drawn from the museum’s extraordinary holdings. An illuminating narrative of the history and development of Pueblo and Navajo weaving is combined with an authoritative examination and analysis of the fibers, dyes, and construction of the woven garments, blankets, and rugs. Also included is a fascinating account of the early collectors of these virtuoso textiles, including some of the colorful individuals who were instrumental in founding the Southwest Museum and shaping it collections.