Navajo Third Phase Chief’s Blanket
Beautifully designed with a background of deep chocolate brown and white stripes with alternating bands of chocolate brown and red outlined indigo at the top and bottom and through the center. Over this background are patterned diamonds; a full diamond in the center, half diamonds at the edges, and quarter diamonds in the corners in raveled bayeta red and indigo. Patten designed to be appreciated while worn.
The chief's blanket so named because they were usually worn by chiefs or important headmen. greatly valued by many Native Americans Tribes, frontiersmen and soldiers. Warm, soft, naturally water-resistant, artistically beautiful , and skillfully woven these blankets were costly in the 19th century. Well worth it then and now.