The first quarter of the 20th century brought forth one of what is now considered the finest of all Navajo weaving.
Ed Davies who had purchased the Two Grey Hills trading post, and neighboring George Bloomfield, purchaser and builder of the Toadlena trading post, were good friends despite being close rivals for the local business. Over time they encouraged the local weavers to improve the quality of their yarns and produce truly fine textiles.
The local Navajo were said to have an aversion to the colored yarns so popular in other areas settled on a natural wool colored pallet. To improve the natural dark brown yarn, black dye from pinon pitch and burnt ochre, later aniline black, was used to create a contrasting black border.
A pattern of double or single central diamonds dominated the weaving form coupled with curling, Greek key and floating elements which had migrated over the Chuska mountains from J.B. Moore design efforts at Crystal.
The people of the Two Grey Hills/Toadlena region are very proud of their sheep and tend to make their yarns from home flocks.
These textiles are possibly the most highly valued Navajo weavings due to their fineness and natural wool colors.
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