Manta (dress)

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Navajo woman's fancy manta, wool, ca. 1850-1865, collection of the Arizona State Museum[1]

A manta is a rectangular textile that was worn as a blanket or as a wrap-around dress.[2] When worn as a dress, the manta is held together by a woven sash.

Mantas are worn by such indigenous peoples as the Navajo,[2] Hopi, and Pueblo peoples. Today they are worn during important ceremonies, such as weddings,[3] dances, and feast days

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  1. ^ "Blanket Details." Navajo Weaving at Arizona State Museum. 2006. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  2. ^ a b Sublette, Mark. "A History of Navajo Rugs and Navajo Blankets ." Navajo Textiles. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Hopi Wedding Manta." Penn Museum: Juncanoo Exhibit. Retrieved 20 March 2012.