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Archive for September 2011

Gilbert Begay Handwoven Bag Wins First Place at New Mexico State Fair

Albuquerque, NM   One of Gilbert Begay’s handwoven bags, probably similar in design to the one above  has taken top honors at the New Mexico State Fair.  An ecstatic Gilbert posted on Facebook tonight  “I won First Place on my Handwoven bag and Second Place on my Navajo Sash Belt….. Bah Hozho Shi Dine’e!!!! For those…

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A Round Sandpainting Rug by Marie H. Yazzie and An Encounter with Hastiin Klah

Tempe, AZ   I always spend longer than I plan to in the Toadlena/Two Grey Hills area and I came across the picture above when I was scouting out the Evelyn George picture in the previous entry.   To weave a round rug using Navajo techniques is to be initiated into some closely guarded secrets for both…

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Evelyn George’s Rug of the Day and Mark Winter’s Magnum Opus

Tempe, AZ   The Two Grey Hills design is one of the patterns that leap immediately into people’s minds when they think of Navajo weaving.   The browns, beiges, blacks and grays that form the Two Grey Hills palette harmonize with many different decorating schemes and the color limitations seem to spark the creativity of…

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Rug of the Day: Gloria Begay and the Relentless Pursuit of Perfection

Tempe, AZ    Sometimes, a weaving stops me in my tracks.  Usually, it’s because the design is something unusual or the colors are stunning.  In the case of today’s weaving by Glora Begay of Crownpoint, NM, the arresting factors are in sheer excellence: the yarn preparation, the elegant classic design, and the absolute precision of…

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