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Navajo Textile Arts

Merle Armitage, a leading forces in modern American book design settled in Santa Fe around 1944. A member of the Laboratory of Anthropology, he offered his graphic talents free of charge and brought a distinctive new look to Laboratory publications. Armitage was known for his use of title page spreads and bold types, like those used in this 1947 Laboratory of Anthropology book printed by Los Angeles fine art printer Lynton Kistler. Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology Library, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe.

Collotype postcard, 1939 Navajo Textile Arts
Style Trends of Pueblo Pottery, 1939 Twelve Examples of Navajo Weaving
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