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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...
Here is a fun Yei Navajo Pictorial weaving from the 1940-1950s Lukachukai area.
Featuring two female Yeis are surrounded by Sacred Blue corn plants, bringing in the harvest. Bows and arrows, with the arrows traveling in a path in one direction (right facing down follow to the left facing up) and a broken arrow Storm Pattern.
Yei / Yei...
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...
Hero Twins Crystal, hand-carded, hand-spun and hand-dyed wool. Monster Slayer represents protective, impulsiveness and aggressive behavior. Born of Water - represents of care, caution, preparedness.This piece was featured in our Woven Holy People gallery exhibit. To view the exhibit guide, click here.
Yei / Yei Be Chei
Female Yei weaving standing over 8 feet tall! It is a female Woven with beautiful light gray background, vibrant red, deep black and cream wool in the design. A lovely stepped border stands between two Spider woman cross borders. This was showcased the Woven Holy People gallery exhibit. You can see the program guide here.
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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...
Yei American Indian Textile, here she goes again! Elsie is so talented there is no design she will not tackle! Gorgeous colors in this Yei - the blue faces of the males are striking.
One theme that is central to the Navajo way of life is the attainment and maintenance of harmony and beauty. In the Navajo creation story, there exists numerou...
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...
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 unusual Yei has eye dazzler elements. This weaving is very tightly woven.
Yei be Chei
Janice Van Winkle
35" x 43"
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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. 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. Woven using all hand-carded, hand-spun, and hand-dyed nat...
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...
Yei with a Cornstalk represents 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 wool and was skillfully woven.
Yei / Yei Be Chei
50" x 69" (4’...
Yei Dragonfly Pictorial woven from beautiful Lincoln wool, the colors are all natural with the exception of the bold red. Dragonflies and other water insects are seen as guardians and messengers of warnings and wisdom from the deities. The Dragonfly is seen in many sandpaintings, especially those from the Male Shootingway and Blessing ceremony....
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....