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Lots of ceremonial imagery in this one! Hand carded, hand spun and, hand dyed native wool.
Corn plants and Yei figures holding Sun’s spent arrows
Suns depicted with rays going in the four cardinal directions and a border reminiscent of a Rainbow border but closed on all four sides so that it becomes the type of full border that traders reques...
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...
Colorful Yei featuring Dragonflies and rainbow bars.
Steve sent Louise Reed and her daughter a big box of wool in many colors. And GH has sent this charming weaving. Both mother and daughter have been weaving for Steve many years.
Yei/ Yei Be Chei
26" x 39"
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Navajo weaver Loween Peshlakai from the Waterflow Area has created a Yei be Chei weaving. During the Nightway ceremony the leader-the talking god- is in the white mask and is followed by 6 dancers with blue masks. A ruff of spruce is around each dancer's neck. Foxtails complete the look.
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...
Important to the Navajo emergence story are the Hero Twins - Monster Slayer who represents protective, impulsiveness and aggressive behavior, and Born of Water - representative of care, caution, preparedness.
In this vintage 1920s pictorial weaving from the Crystal area, we see the Hero Twins in the center of this design filled with flowing ene...
This is an extremely rare, and most unusual Yei weaving standing over 8 feet tall!
It is a female Yei, woven with a beautiful light gray background, and has vibrant bright red, deep black and cream wool in the design. A lovely stepped border stands between two spiderwoman cross borders. This is an amazing piece of art.
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A most unusual and beautiful Yei piece! Female Yeis with elongated torsos are the focal point of this piece. Each carry rainbow bar streamers, and rainbow bars float in the space between them.
This weaving is from the turn of the century woven from all hand-carded, hand-spun, and hand-dyed Merino wool. This weaving played part in the Woven...
In Navajo culture, tadpoles signify fertility and renewal. They are respected for their power to change shapes. In this gorgeous Yei weaving we see two outer female white-faced Yei with tadpole streamers, step inwards and we find two black-faced yei with rainbow bars of protection over their heads and lightning bars under their feet, and in th...
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...
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...
All Yei and Yei Be Chei weavings are very special. Shown here we have a spectacular rug from the 1930-1940s.
All the Yeis are holding rain chains Wonderful vintage rainbow colors. A "spirit" line is prominent in this piece, can you find it?
This rug was woven using all hand-carded, hand-spun, and hand-dyed native wool.
Yei / Yei...
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 ...
Janice Van Winkle is Aunt to Elvie Van Winkle. Janice has been weaving for many years and we are happy to have her in our fold.
This small weaving is near tapestry quality and like other Van Winkle weavings is woven with mainly natural dyes. Check out the details she included.
Yei Be Chei
Janice Van Winkle
This is a great example of a weaver combining two styles - the Yei / Yei Be Che weaving with the Storm Pattern design.
There are 3 Female Yeis in the center of the storm pattern which is surrounded by Male Yeis and Medicine man, depiction of a healing ceremony. All hand-carded, hand-spun, and hand-dyed native wool.
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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...
If you want an environment filled with good and positive energy, then this piece must be included. This weaving shows a Corn plant Yei representing all things good and life giving. Other symbols include feathers, birds, and corn – emanating positive energy to the world.
This weaving was made using all hand-spun, hand-carded, hand-dyed native w...
This weaving was featured in the Woven Holy People Exhibit (2016). You can see the exhibit guide here.
Male and female Yeis, male Yeis have foxtails hanging from their waist. The date on the weaving tells us it was probably commissioned for the 1939 World’s Fair, as weaving demonstrations were often part of the World’s Fairs during this time....