WEAVING DEMONSTRATIONS

The rug show provides opportunities both Saturday and Sunday for visitors to see demonstrations of weavers at work and to hear the stories behind their rugs. This is a fascinating glimpse into Navajo culture that would never be possible if one were shopping for rugs at a trading post or other outlet.

In addition to weaving, Elders demonstrate the techniques of preparing yarn such as carding and spinning. These traditional skills aren't being practiced as much these days, as younger weavers find it more convenient to buy commercial yarn.

Anita Jackson of Teesto, AZ, has a signature rug style which she calls her snowflake pattern. Here she describes the event in her life that led to the creation of this pattern. Other weavers also share personal stories behind the creation of their rugs. When you hear these heartfelt stories you realize that the weaving of each rug is part of that weaver's life journey.
Julius Chavez, a male weaver from northern Utah, explains the significance of the yarn spindle as both a symbol and a sacred object to traditional Navajo weavers. Elsie Benale of Forest Lake, AZ, stands nearby holding a Two Greyhills rug.
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