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Laverne Barber is Back, Better than Ever!

Thursday, September 28, 2017 2:03 PM

Laverne Barber is Back, Better than Ever!
I was trying to remember how I met Laverne Barber. She is the daughter of Anna Mae Barber who was the oldest sister of the five Burnham area weavers. When their mother died, Anna Mae basically raised Marie. Alice, Helen and Sandy. They are all world class Navajo weavers.

Back in the 1970's, I was a working in my father's rug room when Helen brought a weaving in. Not long after, the other family members started to bring their pieces into the showroom. They were very different from the weavings that you normally saw, combining elements from all of the weaving areas, using all hand spun wool and breaking most of the rules about Navajo design.
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A Real Navajo Rug

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 3:48 PM

A Real Navajo Rug

One of my favorite events is when someone walks in the gallery and says something like, “Do you have any real Navajo rugs?”

Looking around at all of the weavings we have in stock, several hundred, I will ask, “What do you mean?”

I mean the ones where they really did all their own work and made their own dyes, you know, before the white man got here,” is the type of answer I’ll sometimes hear.

 

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The Case of the Unknown Weaver

Thursday, June 30, 2016 3:29 PM

The Case of the Unknown Weaver

We recently picked up a collection of weavings from the 1980’s that were done by some very talented women. Most of them had tags on them so it was easy to identify the weavers. They came from a famous Indian Trading family in Gallup (by agreement I can share that name with the purchaser of the weavings but am not allowed to put it in print).

There is one vegetal dye weaving in the group that was obviously done by a talented weaver. It is unique as the design is a traditional Teec Nos Pos, an area where you seldom see vegetal dye colors.

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