The Raised Outline style was created in the Western Navajo Nation around the areas of Coal Mine Mesa and Tuba City in the mid 1900s. The weavers, under the influence of local traders, developed a new style of raising the outlines of their design elements by alternating single weft threads containing two different colors. This technique creates an almost third dimension to the outlines of the design and is a more complicated process then typical weaving styles.
The relocation of many of the Black Mesa weavers from the Coal Mine Mesa to an area South of Sanders, Arizona (due to expansion of the Hopi reservation) migrated this raised outline style to a new area. The New Lands area of the Navajo Nation adopted the Raised Outline style and produced weavings with Teec Nos Pos design elements in a vegetal dye palette.
Trader Bruce Burnham is credited as being influential in the development of this style as well as the Burntwater style.