How to Build a Navajo Textile Collection
Now, with the introduction of Navajo-made home textile collection, the National Geographic Society will be celebrating its 100th anniversary.
The collection includes a wide range of items that have been made with the traditional techniques and materials used in the Native American artisans’ craft, and was curated by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.
In addition to the textiles featured in the collection, Smithsonian curators have also curated a collection of hand-painted Navajo murals.
The project marks the first time a Native American artist has been given the chance to paint the traditional Navajo mural and other decorative wall art on a traditional Navajo home.
The murals were created by the painter, Lila B. Kowal, who was born in Arizona and grew up in the Navajo Nation.
She is known for the traditional designs she creates for her paintings, which include animals, birds, and even the Navajo word for “praise.”
B.K. Kole, curator of the Navajo art and architecture department at the Smithsonian’s National Gallery of Art, said in a statement that the project “is a tremendous honor to create and maintain this amazing collection of works that are a celebration of Native American culture and heritage.”
“It is a privilege to be able to work with these artists, to share this art with our community, and to offer these artists the opportunity to tell the story of the Native Americans they call home,” she said.
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