Weaving in Beauty October Class: Two Grey Hills and Toadlena

Today, our Window Rock class took a field trip to Two Grey Hills and Toadlena.  These areas are noted for finely woven rugs woven in natural colors.  There are two trading posts in this area, so we had a busy afternoon.  We stopped at first at the Toadlena Trading Post and Rug Museum to visit with Mark Winter.  Mark took the class through the Master Weavers exhibit showing the development of the Two Grey Hills style through the years.  Mark made the interesting observation that it was in the Two Grey Hills area that rug weavers were first identified with their work.  Mark graciously allowed us to examine a Daisy Tauglechee rug while we were in the museum.  You can see Mark with the students in the picture below.

Mark Winter of the Toadlena Trading Post and Rug Museum shows the students through the Master Weavers exhibit.

Mark Winter of the Toadlena Trading Post and Rug Museum shows the students through the Master Weavers exhibit.

One of the more interesting rugs at Toadlena is pictorial of an Indian chief in full regalia.  Mark had seen a picture of the rug, and it turned up in show within the next two weeks.  As you can see in the picture of part of the rug below, it’s very distinctive.

We went on to the Two Grey Hills Trading Post where Shirley Brown showed us one of her fabulous hand carded and handspun rugs.  It is approximately 4’x6′ and is priced at $9000.  Here’s a picture of Shirley with the rug in the Two Grey Hills rug room.

Shirley Brown with her handspun and handcarded Two Grey Hills rug.

Shirley Brown with her handspun and handcarded Two Grey Hills rug.

Before we left Two Grey Hills, Shirley took us out to see Irma Henderson’s Navajo-Churro sheep.  I took the opportunity to take a picture of my favorite Navajo-Churro ram and I’ll call it a day with that picture.

Irma Henderson's Navajo-Churro ram.

Irma Henderson's Navajo-Churro ram.

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