The Navajo and the CPU

In 1994, Marilou Schultz, an acclaimed Navajo weaver and educator, was commissioned by the Intel corporation in Rio Rancho, New Mexico to weave a replica of a printed circuit board […] The computer chip weavings, unbeknownst to Schultz, recall the role of Navajo women laborers, employed in the manufacture of integrated circuits, diodes, and other computer component manufacture, in the Fairchild Industries factory in Shiprock, New Mexico that operated from 1965–75 on the Navajo Reservation. In early marketing materials, the company expressed that they saw an analogous relationship between the skills and aesthetics of Navajo weaving—largely practiced by women—and computer chips.

—Candice Hopkins, from the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art