Navajo Pictorial Weaving and Curio Loom
By the end of the 19th century, tourism was having a major impact on textile production in the North American Southwest, especially New Mexico. Both Indian and Hispanic weavers began to create articles designed specifically for the tourist market.
One such item is the Navajo curio loom pictured here. It typically combined two separate but unfinished textiles that demonstrated the weaver's skill and revealed various weaving techniques that cannot be seen in finished textiles. Small and lightweight, these weavings were rolled up around the loom beams for easy transport by tourists to their homes.
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