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"Two Grey Hills" Navajo Weaving, by Zerena Begay


In the "Two Grey Hills" design, the four corners represent the four sacred mountains, and the Wedding Basket design occurs in the center.

This example was woven by Zerena Begay. It measures 25× 36½ inches (63.5 × 92.7 cm), and is made of natural wool. All of the colors are natural, achieved by separating the colored wool fibers when carding the wool. Only the black has been enhanced by using pinon pitch to make it darker.

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.