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Rio Grande blanket
  • Southwestern peoples
  • Rio Grande blanket, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: New Mexico Territory? (present-day New Mexico), United States
  • cotton, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 200 x 97.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 78 3/4 x 38 3/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6740

The rectangular cotton blanket has a tan field with regularly placed red-purple dots. There is a diamond in the center with zigzags in one direction and offset stripes in the other direction in green, bright pink, red, and blue. The red-purple leaf-like designs form a border. The stripes at either end are white, light green, and pink chevrons in the center with black, blue, light blue, pink, dark pink and light green on either side. There are pink, white, light green and thin black lines at either end and very short fringe.