Master Weaver: Helen Bia

Helen BiaMaster Weaver: Helen Bia    
Born:  December 5, 1945 
CLAN :  Tangle Clan :Ta’neeszhni (Mother)Coyote Pass :Ma’iideeshgiizhnii (Father) 

Helen Bia started weaving when she was 15 years old and was taught to weave by her mom, Mary Y Bia and her older sister Lucy B Begay.  

Helen has won many awards from the Gallup All Indian Inter-Tribal Ceremonial.  Her weavings have also been in exhibitions at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum.  Helen also has weavings featured on page 6 and 33 of  
“The Fine Art of Navajo Weaving”, circa 1984. (inset below. Page 6.) 
 
In her early days of weaving she would dye her wool with vegetal colors, for the weaving design, unique to her family – Three Turkey Ruin/Burntwater.  Helen’s mother Mary Y Bia, older sister Lucy B. Begay, and younger sister, Alice B Begay are all prominent master weavers as well.  Helene. “Weaving is very important to me as it keeps me stable, brings me knowledge, wisdom and strength.  Though weaving is a lot of work, and I mean a lot of work – I think of my weaving as my baby, so also love.    I also enjoy the challenge of making new designs, it keeps me strong.   My mother has been a major influence in my life and rug weaving.” 

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