LANGUAGE OF THE ROBE: AMERICAN INDIAN TRADE BLANKETS by Robert W. Kapoun with Charles J. Lohrmann. Gibbs Smith, Publisher, P.O. Box 667, Layton, UT 84041, (801) 544-9800, FAX: (801) 544-5582. Illustrated (more than 300 black-and-white and color photographs), bibliography, notes. 191 pp., $34.95 cloth. 0-87905-468-9
From clothing staple to currency used in negotiating business deals to gift of deep friendship to collectible work of art, the trade blanket has become popular once again. Kapoun traces the history of trade blankets, robes, and other articles of clothing produced by Capps, Oregon City, Buell, Racine, and Pendleton prior to World War II. With numerous color plates, and a section on modern collecting (don't miss those designed by Hopi weaver Ramona Sakiestewa), this book is a beauty. Grade: A-. Reviewed by Steve Brock
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