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Elsie is such a talented weaver. She is showing her diverse talent by weaving a Navajo Sandpainting rug. She weaves full time, so I'll update more photo's soon !!
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This antique Yei has a very unusual design. The Yei figures represent prayer sticks, Pahos. They are the guardians. Pahos would be in the four corners in a Sandpainting.
From the 1920s, this Yei weaving is hand dyed red, and natural brown/black. It is finely woven from Merino cross wool.
It would make a wonderful addition to any colle...
This is a partial version of the Night Skies Navajo Sandpainting weaving from the Shooting Way Chant Way. Navajo weaver Arnold Begay, from the Newcomb area chose to simplify his Navajo Sandpainting weaving, but he included some great pictorial elements. Mother Earth and Father Sky.
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Sandpainting weavings are very special. Hosteen Klah, a powerful medicine man was the first to apply sandpaintings to the loom to preserve this important part of Navajo culture.
Don't be fooled by the simplicity of this design. This sandpainting weaving is very important and filled with symbolism.
It depicts Father Sky (turquoise) and Mother Ear...
Storm Pattern Pictorial
We've show this rug on the floor (see photo) and it's gorgeous. But when you see it hanging on the wall, you notice so many more fascinating details.
This weaving is in the Storm Pattern style. There are four identical corner elements (feathers) connected by lines (lightning) to a central rectangle showing creation story scene images with whirli...
Most likely this piece was woven in the Two Grey Hills area of the Navajo reservation. Showcased in the center of the piece is a Yei Be Chei Dancer. He is wearing a squash blossom necklace and just a hint of red in his footwear.
The beautiful hooked shapes in the borders of this design show how the Navajo were influenced by the designs seen i...
Protected by a border of arrow fletchings on all sides, Yei Dancers prepare to dance in a healing ceremony. Talking God with all of the feathers on his head wears a deer pelt as a sash and carries a weasel skin. The dancers are all male with the exception of the female with the square head in the center. The male dancers are adorned with fox...
During Healing Ceremonies, the medicine man chants to summon the spirits. In this weaving we see Talking God (lots of feathers) and three Yei Be Che dancers at a ceremony. Floating heads depict the spirits that have been summoned. At the feet of the dancers we see small yei figures.
Woven in the Teec Nos Pos area the rich browns were ob...
A Spiderwoman cross border protects the weaver of this one-of-a-kind depiction of Yei Be Chei dancers from a Nightway Ceremony.
The colors in this piece are so bright and vibrant against the dark night sky. This piece was brought to life using all hand-carded, hand-spun, and hand-dyed native wool. It is an exceptional piece in condition, colo...
All Yei and Yei Be Chei weavings are very special. Shown here we have a spectacular rug from the 1920s. We have two pairs of Male and Female Yeis dancing while holding blankets. There are rainbow bars floating all around them indicating these dancers are surrounded by good luck and prosperity. A "spirit" line is prominent in this piece, can ...
From our Woven Holy People collection, take a look at this beautiful Dragonfly Yei Sandpainting weaving. It dates from the 1900-1910 and was created using all hand-carded, hand-spun, and hand-dyed Merino wool. It originated in the Teec Nos Pos area.
EXCEEDING RARE - ONE OF A KIND IMAGEIn the center of this rug you see a square-headed female Drag...
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Navajo Arrow People Sandpainting Weaving from the Shooting Way Chant Woven by Master Weaver Helene Nez : This weaving was 2 years on the loom and is exceptionally well woven.
80 wefts per inch and made of all natur...
Marian Nez born in 1967, is Helene and Cindy’s older sister. She was taught to weave by her mother and grandmother. A master weaver, she has won many awards and her weavings have been exhibited in the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg.
This particular piece is just spectacular. Woven in a contemporary Bistie style, with a central e...
In this Navajo rug Helene has created a Yei pictorial with a Teec Nos Pos border. There are three Yei in this piece - two yei on either side with valero stars, and inside the central diamond, a corn yei. This Navajo rug was woven using Churro wool which was hand-dyed, additionally she used silk highlights. This is a one-of-a-kind spectacular pi...
Nightway Sandpainting with a folk art feel. Wonderful detail featuring a Yei, patient and Mediccine man. The patient is wrapped in a blanket and looks to be dancing.
Hand-carded, hand-spun, and hand-dyed native wool was used. Beautiful variegated brown/gray background wool. exquisite!
This piece was featured in our Woven Holy People galler...
Sandpainting weavings are created by a small number of weavers.The skill has been passed down by Hosteen Klah, a powerful medicine man. In this piece from the Beautyway Ceremony, the artist used germantown yarns for the bright colors, but used hand-carded, hand-spun native wool elsewhere.
The weaver intentionally create differences(mistakes)in ...