Rectangular textile with green and black bands of embroidered decoration along top edge on non-dyed, woven, plain weave. Similar bands of green and black embroidered pattern along bottom edge with five multi colored embroidered images: orange flowers at outer ends and a butterfly at center. Black tassels at each corner with 1" wooden piece tied into each.

Manta, c.1910

It is common among the Pueblos that the men do the weaving. In historical times, this style of woman’s manta was worn daily, but this particular manta may have been used for ceremonial purposes because of its elaborate decoration. The lower embroidered section is divided into five sections, each embellished with a diamond-shaped motif. Within each diamond are designs that have been embroidered and reference the Hopi worldview of renewal and rejuvenation. The symbols are flowers, butterflies, and rain clouds.

The painted designs on the skirt of the Butterfly Maiden Kachina in this gallery have almost identical imagery.

Details
Title
Manta
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2010.75
Curator Approved

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Rectangular textile with green and black bands of embroidered decoration along top edge on non-dyed, woven, plain weave. Similar bands of green and black embroidered pattern along bottom edge with five multi colored embroidered images: orange flowers at outer ends and a butterfly at center. Black tassels at each corner with 1" wooden piece tied into each.