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"Two Grey Hills" Navajo weaving, by Emmalane Francis


This variation on the traditional "Two Grey Hills" design was woven by Emmalane Francis, and bears a tag from the Crownpoint Weaver's Association in Crownpoint, New Mexico. It measures approximately 27 × 28½ inches (68.5 × 72.4 cm), and is made of natural wool.

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.