Teec Nos Pos Navajo Rug Weaving : Historic : PC 80
When you decide on a style of Navajo weaving that you love, it's not long before you see another that also captures your heart. Soon you develop a deep appreciation for all of the incredible works of art that these deeply gifted and talented weavers create.
In this handsome example from the 1920s, it was made using hand-carded, hand-spun, and hand-dyed Lincoln wool.
The gorgeous caramel brown seen in this beauty was made from Mountain Mahogany. In the book "Weaving a Navajo Blanket" (p 41), it describes the process of obtaining the brown dye:
"The color made from this formula is, in my opinion, the best which the Navajo make. It is neither brown, tan, nor red, but has elements of all three. Although a neutral color, it is lively and is much like the pink of the sandstone cliffs in the light of late afternoon.
It is made by boiling the bark of the root of mountain mahogany, adding a small quantity of juniper or spruce branches, and fixing with rock-salt. The dying is easy. The preparation of a sufficient quantity of root is at best a back-breaking job. The shrub is not plentiful; when found, the roots must be dug out with a grubbing hoe, and later pounded thoroughly. It is possible to use the entire root, but only the bark contains color, and a satisfactory quantity of the root is likely to be too bulky for an ordinary vessel used in dyeing. It took us a whole day to collect the amount we used, another day to grind the bark and dye the yarn. When we had finished, we had enough for two large skeins of the lightest shade." Book link: http://bit.ly/nrg-dyecolors
The weaver of this piece incorporated a spirit line. This incredible weaving is filled with symbolism. Look a the bounty of brown feathers, and then you see the white ones... did you spot the difference in the white ones at the top and bottom of the weaving? The bi-colored crosses are stylized Spiderwoman crosses. The large angled lines on each side might represent stylized bows. There are three hooked elements in this piece - and they represent stylized water-bugs. This is a fabulous weaving!
|Style||Teec Nos Pos|
|Size||45" x 74"|
|Item #||PC 80|
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A unique blend of history, Native American culture and storytelling make these weavings an art like no other.