Tempe, AZ Here’s the latest piece that I’ve finished, a weaving called The Social Dancers. The yarn is Burnham’s Trading Post #2, which is about 325 yards to a four ounce skein. I dyed all of the yarn except for the black. The yellowish variegated yarn is aniline dyed, the pink and maroon are cochineal and the blues and greens are indigo, some overdyed with osage orange. The peach shades are madder and sandalwood over osage orange. You can click on the picture if you would like to see a larger image.
Social dances (often called song and dance) are events where people dress up, dance and have a good time. Sometimes they last all night! The YouTube video below features Chester Franklin of the Navajo Nation Swingers talking about social dance and shows three dances. As you’ll see, the ladies hold the shawls, but for my weaving, I thought it would be nice to show both shawls and blankets so I gave each male dancer a blanket. Beside, it’s cold this time of year, so the guys may need those blankets later. By the way, you can see three of the surviving code talkers in the video.