A Navajo Rug on display at the Mingei International Museum.

An exhibit opening Saturday at the Mingei International Museum explores the spirituality behind the spectacular geometric blankets and rugs woven by Navajo women.

“Navajo Women and the Feminine Ethos” focuses on the spirituality behind the act of weaving, which the Navajo considered pivotal to the careful balance of the world’s beauty, harmony and order—referred to as hózhó. In the process, the textile and maker become united, and the weaving transcends aesthetics and technique.

The exhibit, which runs through May 20, features 30 rugs, saddle blankets and wearing blankets from various districts and trading posts. It is curated by Jennifer Garey, an adjunct faculty of the American Indian Studies program at Palomar College.

The popular folk art museum in Balboa Park is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.