A Pretty Cool Pictorial Weaving

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 12:13 PM

A Pretty Cool Pictorial Weaving

The wonderful thing about having so many informed readers of our blog is that I usually learn something every time I send one out. Last week’s post on the Trading Post Name Rugs was no exception.

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Trading Post Name Rugs

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 10:26 AM

Trading Post Name Rugs

Over the years, 259 documented trading posts were on or adjacent to the Navajo Reservation. I bet nearly all these posts had at least one Name Rug!

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New Old Style Navajo Weavings

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 10:49 AM

New Old Style Navajo Weavings

Over the years, we have seen Navajo weaving evolve from wearing blankets to the transitional and Germantown weavings, the early floor rugs, and the regional styles. I’ve been thinking about where we are today and would like to share some thoughts.

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Ribbons from the Gallup Ceremonial

Tuesday, August 15, 2023 6:52 PM

Ribbons from the Gallup Ceremonial

The two premier celebrations of Native Americans in the Southwest bring thousands of people to Gallup and Santa Fe during August of every year. The two events run back to back; both are wonderful and entirely different. The Gallup Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial ended on Sunday, and I want to share a little about it with you.

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Navajo Dye Charts

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 10:39 AM

Navajo Dye Charts

Back in the 1930's Sallie Wagner Lippincott and her husband, Bill, purchased the Wide Ruins Trading Post in Arizona. She was a young, dynamic woman who truly loved the Navajo people she worked with. But there was one thing she didn't like about how things were going at the trading post.

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Sallie Lippincott's Collection of Navajo Weavings

Sallie Lippincott and her husband, Bill Wagner, purchased the Wide Ruins Trading Post in the 1930s when she was only 28. They were the first traders on the reservation who required their weavers to use vegetal dyes.

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Geanita John

Monday, May 1, 2023 9:11 AM

Geanita John

We consider Navajo weaving one of America’s most important and wonderful art forms, and one of our favorite weavers is Geanita John.

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Mary Jane Clark

Monday, April 24, 2023 4:03 PM

Mary Jane Clark

On Friday, April 21, Mom was the first one at the Gallery. She usually has been for the past 40 years. She would unlock the building, get the lights on, fire up the computer, and get the Gallery ready for business.

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J. B. Moore Plate Rug from the Crystal Trading Post

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 8:47 AM

J. B. Moore Plate Rug from the Crystal Trading Post

J.B. Moore purchased the Crystal Trading Post on Washington Pass in 1896 and ran it until he left the reservation in 1911. Washington Pass was later renamed Narbona Pass in honor of the Navajo leader who defeated a Mexican Army detachment invading Navajoland in the 1800s.

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A Weaver Who Stepped Out of the Box

Monday, April 10, 2023 8:37 AM

A Weaver Who Stepped Out of the Box

During the 1970s, we began to see Navajo weavings with more than one pattern. Some would feature two or three or more Navajo weavings woven within the borders of the main rug.

Some, like the Burnham area weavings, would include parts of different design elements from multiple weaving areas.

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A "Real" Navajo Rug

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 5:20 PM

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If you have heard one of my lectures, I talk about how people walk into the gallery and ask, "Do you have any real Navajo rugs?"

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2023 is the Year of the Rug!

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 9:12 AM

2023 is the Year of the Rug!

Many events in the world of Navajo weaving are coming up this year; we will keep you posted! The art of the Navajo loom is one of America's most significant expressions of creativity,  born of function and now recognized for the art it is.  

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