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Pictorial weaving, Hispanic, titled The Hook and the Spider, woven by Irvin Trujillo, Chimayó, New Mexico, 1995. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Anderson III. Smithsonian American Art Museum, cat. no. 1996.23.

Dimensions: 92.5 in. (warp) x 54 in. (weft)

Technique: Tapestry weave.

Fibers: Warp = 2-ply commercial wool yarn. Weft = 4-ply commercial wool yarn. All natural dyes, including cutch extract (sap from the acacia bush), chamisa (a dye plant from northern New Mexico), and overdye done with indigo from central Mexico.

Design: The main color is red with various geometric designs. Top and bottom have blue shapes pointing inwards, each composed of various blues, reds, oranges, and yellows of many shades. At top and bottom centers are blue 8-pointed stars. The center has a multi-colored, double diamond motif with squiggled lines on either side linked to two triangles at the top and bottom. White tassels on both ends. The piece is signed in green and red wool: “19IT95.”


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