The Edna Kelly Collection features a variety of textiles from various groups, but the most prominent group represented is the Navajo.
"After the wool is colored, the loom is constructed. The size of the loom determines the size of the blanket. The warp threads define the length and width of the blanket.
The tools of the weaver remain constant. String heddles are used to create a temporary space between two planes allowing the weft threads to pass through. The warp threads are kept open by the insertion of the batten. After removal of the batten, the yarn was beaten into place by a comb. A distinctive characteristic of a fine Navajo blanket is that the weft thread is woven so tightly that the warp threads cannot be seen. This technique, by virtue of tension, enables the pattern to be visible on both sides of the fabric, creating a double-sided blanket."
-Sarah Joseph, Native American Weavings from the Edna M. Kelly Collection