Today’s Art Market
Pueblo embroidery has survived because it fills a need within conservative Pueblo societies and maintains a link with the past.
Non-Pueblo collectors, however, prize design innovation rather than continuity. Older embroiderers sometimes criticize designs that are not completely traditional, yet in art forms such as Pueblo pottery and Navajo weaving, Native artists have accommodated the tastes of the non-Indian art-buying public while extending ancient traditions. Still recognized as authentic expressions of Pueblo pottery and Navajo weaving, the shapes and colors of these works, especially the textiles, have altered to adorn homes and collectors’ cabinets. The manta is the form best suited for non-Pueblo collectors. The designs are quite varied and continue to change, and because of their size and regular shape, mantas lend themselves to being displayed like paintings. School for Advanced Research