Master Weaver: Julia Upshaw
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Master Weaver:Julia Upshaw
Born: February 28, 1939
CLAN : Water Edge
Julia started weaving when she was 19 years old and was taught to weave by her mother, Laverne Marianito, a major influence in her life.
Julia has won many awards from the Gallup All Indian Inter-Tribal Ceremonial. She won the highest award for the Silk Serape she is wearing which won “BEST OF SHOW” in 2006. The weaving below hanging on the wall below won 1st Place and Best of Category in 2013. Both of these blankets were made with Indigo and Cochineal natural dyes. She has also had weavings exhibited at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum Wickenburg. She is best known for her blanket weave and the use of Cochineal and Indigo dyes.
Julia is always joking and laughing, a pure joy to be around! Her sisters and sister-in-law, Kathy Marianito, are all very well known and accomplished Master Weavers as well.
Julia, “I like to weave! I just like to weave. I have been weaving all my life. It is hard work and a challenge, but that is ok with me. Weaving is part of life and keeps my feet on the ground. My loom is right there, off of my kitchen in my special weaving room. I can weave whenever I want to. It keeps me strong and I connect with myself. I like working with Steve. He is always there. ”