Beautiful rare screen printed linen with Navajo design by Bahah-Zhonie, also known as Frank Austin (1938-). Artist, textile designer and first designer of the Four Corners Monument in US Southwest –Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico – this material was screen printed by him and his brother in Cortez, Colorado where they established Nizhonie Fabrics. One-of-a-kind fabric of a Red and Black Bird design, possibly Thunderbird, and a tall flower. I am sadly unschooled in Navajo symbols but this is a beautiful length of fabric, which measures approximately 45 in by 70 in. Selvedge is in great condition, sides have been finished with a zigzag stitch to keep them from running. There are some creases and wrinkles, one slight fade on a corner image, and some loose threads. Along selvedge it is printed, “© NIZHONIE FABRIC – CORTEZ, COLO. HAND-PRINTED BY BAHAHZHONIE,” as seen in third photo. Fourth photo is of reverse side as opposed to front side. Some of Frank Austin’s pieces are in the National Museum of the American Indian.
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