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GFR Tapestry Program » Southwestern Textile Research

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Southwestern Textile Research

Historic 19th Century Southwestern Weaving

Book published in 2003. As part of a major research project from 1999 to 2003, the GFR Center prepared the manuscript of the late Joe Ben Wheat, Blanket Weaving in the Southwest, for publication by the University of Arizona Press. The fully illustrated book, edited by Ann Lane Hedlund, focuses on the historic development of Pueblo, Navajo, and Spanish American textile traditions. For more information, see University of Arizona Press.

Database of Southwestern Textiles. During manuscript preparation, the GFR Center created a  database to manage information from Dr. Joe Ben Wheat’s textile analyses. For more about this project, click HERE.

Exhibitions. Some of this research was portrayed in a 2003-04 exhibition at Arizona State Museum. To visit an online version of the exhibition, “Navajo Weaving at Arizona State Museum: 19th Century Blankets; 20th Century Rugs; 21st Century Views,” click here.

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Contemporary Southwestern Weaving

Ongoing research. Since the 1970s, Ann Lane Hedlund, director of the GFR Tapestry Program, has conducted ethnographic research among numerous weaving families in the American Southwest, focusing especially on contemporary Navajo weavers. This long term, longitudinal research documents traditional and modern southwestern weaving trends.

Publications. Dr. Hedlund’s research has resulted in various projects and publications, listed in the Bibliographies section of the Resources page of this website.

Exhibitions. One component of the 2003-04 exhibition at Arizona State Museum featured contemporary weaving. To visit an online version of the exhibition, “Navajo Weaving at Arizona State Museum: 19th Century Blankets; 20th Century Rugs; 21st Century Views,” click here. “A Turning Point: Navajo Weaving in the Late Twentieth Century” is a 2010-11 exhibition at the University of Nebraska State Museum in Lincoln and the Heard Museum in Phoenix. For more about it, click here.

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