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NRG: An Exciting Time in Native American Textile History

Navajo women weavers, as has often been said, are among the best in the world." Raymond Friday Locke

Handmade Native American rugs and textiles are truly works of art; they are one-of-a-kind items that take many months to create. The handmade Navajo rugs sold through are part of a sacred history that dates back more than 300 years, when weaving was introduced to the Navajo tribe. But the gorgeous Native American rugs, wall hangings, blankets, and other textiles are not just representatives of the past; they're also emblems of "The Next Phase" of Navajo weaving.

Many Navajo weaving historians and experts agree that now is the most exciting moment in Native American textiles history in the past 100 years! Experts like Steve Getzwiller are helping to lead the Navajo weavers into a new era of design--one that pays homage to the past while looking expectantly toward the future.

3rd Phase Chiefs Blanket : circa 1900

3rd Phase Chief Blanket  : Circa 1900-1910

Exciting developments include a return to blanket weaving, the reintroduction of Navajo-Churro wool, and the first uses of alpaca, silk, and other new materials in traditional blanket weaving. 

Owning a contemporary, handmade Navajo rug at this important moment in time is a great opportunity; Navajo weaving is at a crossroads, and those who buy now will have a remarkable and durable piece of design history to bequeath to their children and grandchildren, as well as supporting the remaining Navajo Weavers.  One of our goals is to keep this sacred tradition alive and well for as long as possible

Navajo weaver at her outdoor loom in Canyon de Chelly. by E.S. Curtis, 1907

Navajo weaver at her outdoor loom in Canyon de Chelly. by E.S. Curtis, 1907

 Description by Edward S. Curtis: "The Navaho-land blanket looms are in evidence everywhere. In the winter months they are set up in the hogans, but during the summer they are erected outdoors under an improvised shelter, or as in this case, beneath a tree. The simplicity of the loom and its product are here clearly shown, pictured in the early morning light under a large cottonwood."