Navajo Weaving: Tradition & Trade, an exhibition at Stark Museum of Art in Orange, Texas, opened on Saturday, February 8, 2014, highlighting major regional styles of Navajo weaving selected from the Collection of the Stark Museum of Art, including some never-before-seen by the general public.
The exhibition features more than thirty-five exquisite Navajo (Diné) weavings including a saddle blanket (c. 1890), several Chief Blankets (c. 1850-1890), textiles and rugs (c. 1905-1962), from the collection and works loaned by two nationally-acclaimed Navajo weavers, Melissa Cody and D.Y. Begay.
In addition to seeing stunning textiles, visitors will have the opportunity to walk into a replica Trading Post. Navajo weavings could be traded or bartered at these “general stores” and often appeared on counters and on walls. Outside the Trading Post is an enlarged map of the Southwest, including photos of these old stores, to help museum-goers pinpoint the trading posts in locations that gave many weavings their regional name.