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"Diamond Pattern Eye Dazzler" Navajo weaving, by Ivan Catron


"Eye Dazzler" is a traditional Navajo weaving pattern, which consists of a multitude of diamond shapes intersecting to create elaborate zig-zag design.

This example was woven by Ivan Catron, at Navajo, New Mexico. It measures 16 × 22 inches (40.6 × 55.8 cm), and is made of commercially-available wool yarns. At the time of its creation, this rug was the largest one he had made. He was taught to weave by his mother, Ilene.

Given Dr. Barnes's belief in the power and importance of the aesthetic principles of light, line, color, and form, it is easy to see why he incorporated textiles into his growing collection. The intricate patterns and shapes woven into tapestries and fabrics are a perfect complement to the lines, colors, and forms echoed in art of all mediums arranged on the gallery walls. Dr. Barnes collected Navajo rugs, as well as other items from the Navajo, Zuni and Apache tribes during a tour of New Mexico during the winter of 1929-1930.