The University of Arizona

Joe Ben Wheat Southwest Textile Database

Joe Ben Wheat


Arizona State Museum is pleased to sponsor and present the online Joe Ben Wheat Southwest Textile Database. This treasure trove represents an expansion of the late Dr. Wheat’s longterm research, which resulted in his award-winning book, Blanket Weaving in the Southwest (University of Arizona Press, 2003). The database contains analytical data and images compiled by Wheat for about twelve hundred textiles from over fifty museums and public collections (just under two hundred of these were published in 2003; no private collections are included). With few exceptions, the information, attributions and interpretations are Wheat’s own and so, in a sense, this might be considered “a frozen work-in-progress.” We hope that it will pique the interest of researchers, weavers, artists, and others curious about southwestern textiles.

Please note that in addition to the database, you will find here a users’ guide, background on Wheat’s research and our project, more about ASM’s textile collections, a Southwest textile glossary, further reading, copyright and proper site use information, credits to staff and contributors, and other relevant features. Furthermore, the separate ASM Southwest Textile Database is also featured on this website and contains information on the majority of Arizona State Museum's Southwest textile collection (many more pieces than were included in Wheat's research). All of these links will remain available in the side navigation bar as you search or browse the database.

We invite you to visit the site and see what your searches reveal. For starters, a fun search might be to check the boxes that limit items to only those with images, with documentation, and with dye tests performed; this reveals a group of stellar classic and late classic blankets, some with interesting collection histories. Depending on your interests, your own queries may be very specific or quite broad.

We are interested in your comments, reactions and suggestions for improving this website. Using the easy comment form provided on each webpage or by contacting Ann Hedlund directly, you may give us suggestions for how the site works or doesn’t work for you. Using your responses, we hope to continue improving the search and display mechanisms and, most importantly, to expand everyone’s knowledge of the textile traditions of the American Southwest.

More About this Database:
Introduction | Notes on Content & Format | Credits | Copyright & Conditions of Use