Special Lecture this Week!

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in News

The Colorado Textile Group presents :

IN OUR OWN BACK YARD
WEAVINGS FROM THE RIO GRAND VALLEY AND DESIGN INFLUENCE FROM LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY

A lecture by John Pyson assisted by John Taylor

September 28, 2017

6:30 social, 7 program

While working a trade show in 1984, I became curious about the contemporary
Navajo weavings a trading post owner was showing in a booth across the aisle.
During lulls in the show action, I continued to speak with the trader, who,
through the week, educated me about what “went into” the making of these
Navajo weavings. I bought the finest textile he had and still own it today.
Within the next few years, I had assembled a museum-grade collection of
regional rugs. Research into the history of Southwest weaving tradition sparked
a passion for Rio Grande blankets and Saltillo sarapes.
Success in business efforts funded my collection passion, resulting in amassing
over 600 examples. Each addition to the collection lead to more research until
the discovery of another historic data point became as exciting as adding another
blanket to the collection.
Organization of these blankets into historical context provided a framework for
analyzing weaving techniques, materials, and design layouts. This opened a new
world of discovery for me. Cross-cultural influences became apparent, which
fueled the quest for finding examples which filled in the gaps and for finding
earlier and earlier examples of textiles with similar design schemes.
We will examine iconic examples of the major Rio Grande blanket categories.
In addition, we will explore how these fine blankets fit into historical context,
spanning more than 1,000 years of New World textile tradition.

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