10 black-and-white photos, 8 color photos, 44 color plates

Wonders of the Weavers/Maravillas de los tejedores

Nineteenth-Century Rio Grande Weavings from the Collection of the Albuquerque Museum
By Deborah C. Slaney



For the Hispanic settlers of 19th century New Mexico, weaving was an important part of everyday life. Featured are thirty-seven of the Albuquerque Museum's most notable examples of Hispanic weavings including jergas, colchas and frazadas. Although originally made to serve a utilitarian function, these works reveal the artistic vision and attention to detail that characterizes fine craftsmanship. Includes a review of the historic collection by noted contemporary New Mexico weavers Irvin and Lisa Trujillo. Technical data for each weaving includes fiber and dye analysis. Additional discussion of looms, dyes, sheep industry, and tourism.

Subjects: Art

Contributor Bios
Deborah C. Slaney is the Curator of History at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. She holds a BA in anthropology and southwestern archaeology from the University of Arizona and an MA in museum studies from the University of Oklahoma. Prior affiliations include the Western Archaeological and Conservation Center in Tucson and the Heard Museum in Phoenix.