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Burnham Area Weavings

For many years, regional weavings have continued to change and evolve, but still within the recognized regional guidelines. In the late 1970's, a group of five sisters from the Burnham area on the Navajo Nation began a new journey in the history of Navajo weaving. They began to combine patterns and designs from all of the weaving areas, along with pictorial elements and patterns of their own.

Because they had a limited number of sheep, they obtained sheared fleeces from Utah State University, where a program is in the process of rebuilding herds of the original Navajo sheep, the Churro. This breed can live easily in the desert southwest and provides wonderful strong, long wool which can be finely spun.

Today many people copy their work and many do it well. But unlike traditional patterned weavings, their designs are constantly changing and evolving. The Burnham weavers have carried Navajo weaving to a unique level of fine art.

Anna Mae Barber's house, where it all began!


Seven of the Burnham weavers, from the left: Theresa, Helen, Marie, Lorraine, Anna Mae, Alice, and Sandy



More information about the weavers


29 Item(s)

  • Navajo Weaving Burnham, C004355

    Regular Price:

    $6,500.00
    This is a beautiful Navajo weaving made with handspun wool and natural coloring. It measures 31 inches by 68 inches.
  • Navajo Weaving, Burnham, C004349

    Regular Price:

    $3,500.00
    This Burnham weaving was made by Laverne Barber. It measures 34 inches by 42 inches. The Blue in this weaving is indigo.
  • Navajo Weaving, Burnham, 003554

    Regular Price:

    $3,600.00
    Burnham style Navajo weaving by Bernal Begay.   This pictorial weaving with Yei measures 35 by 24.5 inches. 
  • Navajo Weaving, Burnham, 003566A

    Regular Price:

    $2,700.00

    Laverne Barber is one the finest weavers coming out of the Burnham area. The weaving pictured here measures 44 by 25 1/2 inches.

  • Navajo Weaving, Burnham, 003581

    Regular Price:

    $1,200.00

    Laverne Barber has created this beautiful weaving that measures 23 by 40 inches.

  • Navajo Weaving, Burnham, 003872

    Regular Price:

    $900.00
    Laverne Barber has woven this Burnham style pictorial that measures 19 by 32 inches. 
  • Navajo Weaving, Burnham, 003921

    Regular Price:

    $1,500.00
    Laverne Barber is the daughter of the eldest Burnham sister Anna Mae Barber.  Anna Mae passed a  few years ago.  Laverne has woven this bright and original Burnham that measures 41 by 22 inches. 
  • Navajo Weaving, Burnham, 003925

    Regular Price:

    $2,550.00
    Sandy Begay has woven this fine weaving called "God Bless America".  This weaving measures 31 by 24 inches. 
  • Navajo Weaving, Burnham, 003926

    Regular Price:

    $2,250.00
    Ursula Begay from Burnham, New Mexico has woven this finely spun textile and titled it "Come Dance with Me, Squaw Dance".  Measures 31 by 24 inches. 
  • Navajo Weaving, Burnham, 003933

    Regular Price:

    $2,400.00
    Laverne Barber is one the fine weavers coming out of the Burnham area and weaving the unique pictorial style known as Burnham.  The weaving measures 42 by 25 inches. 
  • Navajo Weaving, Burnham, C005125

    Regular Price:

    $4,000.00
    Navajo weaving by Bessie Barber in the Burnham style featuring a Yei rug. Measures 35 by 55 inches.
  • Navajo Weaving, Burnham, C005397

    Regular Price:

    $8,500.00
    Navajo weaving by Linda Bitsui from the Burnham area. A rug in a rug pictorial of all hand spun and dyed wool. Measures 52 by 37 inches.
  • Navajo Weaving, Burnham, C005742

    Regular Price:

    $1,475.00
    Navajo weaving by Victoria Dixon in the Burnham style. Measures 42.5 by 31.5 inches.
  • Navajo Weaving, Burnham, C006126

    Regular Price:

    $1,200.00
    Navajo Weaving by Lorene Bitsue in the Burnham style.  Measures 30.5 by 24 inches. 
  • Navajo Weaving-Burnham- 003281

    Regular Price:

    $4,800.00
    Burnham style weaving by Ursula Begay is titled "The Blessing Way".  This weaving measures 28.5 by 46.5 inches. 
  • Navajo Weaving-Burnham-003064

    Regular Price:

    $4,500.00
    Burnham weaving by Marie Begay is all handspun wool and measures 38 by 29 inches. 
  • Navajo Weaving-Burnham-003066

    Regular Price:

    $3,000.00
    All hand spun and dyed wool by Bernal Begay from Burnham, NM.  This finely spun Pictorial style weaving measures 36.5 by 20 inches. 
  • Navajo Weaving-Burnham-003067

    Regular Price:

    $4,800.00
    Burnham weaving by Laverne Barber woven with Cochineal and Indigo dyed yarn.  This weaving measures 60 by 30 inches. 
  • Navajo Weaving-Burnham-003069

    Regular Price:

    $4,500.00
    Burnham style weaving by Sandy Begay of all hand spun and dyed wool.  The weaving is titled "Wonderful Peace" and it measures 41 by 27 inches. 
  • Navajo Weaving-Burnham-003265

    Regular Price:

    $5,700.00
    One of the youngest weavers we work with is Ursula Begay and she has really come a long way in the past decade.  This fine weaving is called "My Love", and measures 46 by 29 inches. 
  • Navajo Weaving-Burnham-003397

    Regular Price:

    $9,000.00
    Sandy Begay has woven this very finely spun wool weaving in the Burnham style.  This weaving measures 52 by 31 inches. 
  • Navajo Weaving-Burnham-003446

    Regular Price:

    $2,400.00
    Laverne Begay is a weaver from the Burnham area and her hand spun rug measures 26 by 42 inches. 
  • Navajo Weaving-Burnham-003574

    Regular Price:

    $1,800.00
    "The Holy Ones" is a Burnham style weaving by Bernal Begay.  This weaving measures 28 by 19 inches.
  • Navajo Weaving-Burnham-003575

    Regular Price:

    $4,200.00
    All hand spun and dyed wool by Burnham weaver Marie Begay.  This handsome weaving measures 28 by 33 inches.
  • Navajo Weaving-Burnham-003580

    Regular Price:

    $5,100.00
    Marie Begay is the oldest living of the five Burnham sisters weaving these beautiful hand spun weavings.  This Burnham weaving measures 30.5 by 42 inches. 
  • Navajo Weaving-Burnham-003712

    Regular Price:

    $3,300.00
    Burnham style runner weaving by Laverne Barber measures 59 by 29 inches. 
  • Navajo Weaving-Burnham-003931A

    Regular Price:

    $4,800.00
    Marie Begay Burnham weaver spins and dyes all of the wool in her exquisite weavings.  This impressive Navajo weaving measures 28 by 39 inches. 
  • Navajo Weaving-Burnham-003972

    Regular Price:

    $5,400.00
    "Storm is Coming" by Alice Begay from the Burnham Chapter which is south of Shiprock, NM.  This fine weaving measures 46 by 27 1/2 inches. 
  • Navajo Weaving-Burnham-C006902

    Regular Price:

    $2,700.00
    Burnham style Navajo weaving by Lorene Bitsui measures 30 by 39 inches. 

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