Tag Archives: Navajo

Navajo Rugs

Navajo Symbols
What do Native American symbols mean? Clouds, stars, arrows, bears, eagles, snakes.

Navajo Rug Weaving Styles
A guide to traditional, regional and non-regional Navajo Rug Styles.

Navajo Weaving
The Museum of Natural History in Boulder Colorado features an exhibit of Navajo textiles.

 Navajo design

The Horse Song
The Horse Song tapestry by Roy Kady. 

Navajo Beading Pattern
A free beadwork pattern for making a beaded medicine bag.

Crochet Navajo Patterns
Navajo afghan patterns to crochet.

Navajo Sunrise
A free quilting pattern for a bargello style quilt.

Handwoven Navajo Rugs

Navajo and Hopi Clip Art Images
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Navajo Weaving Patterns

Weaving a Navajo Blanket

Navajo Weaving Way
Navajo Weaving Way, the path from fleece to rug.

Weaving The Navajo Way, How To Create Rugs, Miniatures and More!
This book provides step-by-step instructions to weave full-size and miniature Navajo style rugs as well as detailed instructions for using the C. Cactus Flower Miniature Loom.
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The Horse Song Tapestry: aa-kady

I was inspired to weave this tapestry piece after hearing the stories and songs
of the scared Horse of my people. The inspiration came to me while
herding my sheep in the Carrizo Mtn, this past summer. A lot of wild
horses roam in the area and the songs and stories of the horse came
back to me. The Horse Song was taught to me by my grand father Kady
Gonna Begay. My mother still tells me stories of our horses of about a
100, and how she’d help her father tame them. My older sisters would go
out every morning to give offerings to the horses so they too can walk
in beauty.

Navajo Weaving Loom

FROM THE NAVAJO WAR GOD’S HORSE SONG I am the Turqoise Woman’s son.

On top of Belted Mountain,

Beautiful horse–slim like a weasel.

My horse has a hoof like striped agate;

His fetlock is like a fine eagle plume;

His legs are like quick lightning.

My horse’s body is like an eagle-plumed arrow;

My horse has a tail like a trailing black cloud.

I put flexible goods on my horse’s back;

The Little Holy Wind blows through his hair.

His mane is made of short rainbows.

My horse’s ears are made of round corn.

My horse’s eyes are made of big stars.

My horse’s head is made of mixed waters–

From the holy waters–he never knows thirst.

My horse’s teeth are made of white shell.

The long rainbow is in his mouth for a bridle,

and with it I guide him.

When my horse neighs, different-colored horses follow.

When my horse neighs, different-colored sheep follow.

I am wealthy, because of him.

Before me peaceful,

Behind me peaceful,

Under me peaceful,

Over me peaceful,

All around me peaceful–

Peaceful voice when he neighs.

I am Everlasting and Peaceful.

I stand for my horse.

NAVAJO HORSE SONG (Blessing Way)
How joyous his neigh!

Lo, the Turquoise Horse of Johano-ai,

How joyous his neigh,

There on precious hides outspread, standeth he;

How joyous his neigh,

There of mingled waters holy, drinketh he;

How joyous his neigh,

There in mist of sacred pollen hidden, all hidden he;

How joyous his neigh,

These his offspring may grow and thrive forevermore;

How joyous his neigh!

Horse song tapestry

Horse song Navajo rug
This beautiful textile is for sale, and if you are interested in
purchasing it, the textile measures 25 1/2″ (W) X 35 1/1″ (L), the wool are all natural colors, hand-spun by my grand mother Elizabeth Kady
Begay and Shima.

Please call me or email me back, may you all walk in beauty.


Roy Kady

P.O. Box 209

Teec Nos Pos, AZ., 86514

928-656-3498

Ethnic Textiles
Weaving Information
Weaving Drafts, projects, patterns.

Tapestry Weaving Books
Tapestry Weaving (Search Press Classics)
Tapestry Weaving: A Comprehensive Study Guide
Tapestry Weaving: Design and Technique
Tapestry Weaving: A Comprehensive Study Guide

Navajo Weaving – Roy Kady: blroykady

Roy Kady – Textile Art Classes

Name Roy Kady
Business Name Dine Woven
Address P.O. Box 209

Teec Nos Pos, AZ

Country US

Navajo Nation

Telephone 520-656-3498
Email
Website Dine Woven

Training

I’ve been weaving/teaching Navajo Textiles for 16 years or more.I learned the art of weaving, spinning,preparing wool and weaving all regional styles of Navajo Textiles at the age of nine years old.I’m considered a MASTER WEAVER in the Navajo society. I’ve studied the art form my grand mother and mother and some local MASTER WEAVERS. I also teach at San Jaun College, in Farmington N.M. and Colorado University, Art Center, in Cortez, CO

Navajo Weaving

Navajo Up-right weaving, all regional styles, there are about 16 or 18 regionals styles of Navajo Weaving. I also teach hand processing wool for spinning and weaving. I also teach the art of Shash Belt weaving.

Hand Spinning

Navajo lap spinning techniques.

Dyes

Local Vegetal dyeing techiques

Other Fiber arts

Sumac fiber coiling technique basket weaving and wool feltmaking.

Travel

I teach from my studio and when available, I do travel. I also give lectures on the “Fine Art of Dine'(Navajo) Textile Weaving”, and in the winter months I tell myth stories about weaving.

My work is mostly sold on consignment(s) I do some Indian Market Shows in the west.

More Textile Classes

Textile Art Schools
Fiber Art Teachers

Fleecing Navajo Weavers
The popularity of Navajo rug designs has allowed some fair trade businesses to thrive while Navajo weavers suffer. Thousands of Diné (Navajo) weavers face formidable competition as their historic patterns, increasingly reproduced abroad, are imported and sold via sophisticated marketing schemes, including hundreds of websites on the internet.

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Heard Museum: aa031598

During some of my travels I had the opportunity to stop by the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ. We spent several delightful hours there, but I’m sure we didn’t see everything. If you have the chance to go, do, it’s well worth it. For those who can’t, you can still visit online. Woven by the Grandmothers was an exhibit that featured over 40 weavings from the collection of the National Museum of American Indians. It was inspiring and gave me a sense of connection with these weavers from long ago. I wanted to reach out and touch the pieces, but restrained myself. The Museum has a book out about the exhibit, with photos, explaining in detail each piece. I didn’t purchase it, (as I’d already overspent my budget), but will be adding it to my book collection soon. The annual American Native artist’s market was also on that week-end with over 400 participants displaying their work. And yes, I had a chance to try some Fry Bread.

National Museum of the American Indian

Roy Kady

Navajo Weaving

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Handmade Adjustable Floor Rag Rug Twining Loom 48" x 27.5"

$100.00
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Vintage Floor Loom Weaving 4 Harness, 6 Treadle with Warp

$650.00
End Date: Monday Dec-30-2019 20:10:41 PST
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Loom Ashford Rigid Heddle

$450.00
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Navajo Rugs: aa031097

Native American Navajo rugs were influenced by the Pueblo Indians and by the Spanish explorers.

Navajo rugs are handwoven on an upright loom. The wool is handspun and dyed using natural dyestuffs. Black or grey came from the natural colours of the sheep. Yellow was made from turnip roots or sage. Senna gave a rust colour and walnut was used for brown.

Navajo rugs are hand manipulated. Each thread is woven by passing it by hand over and under the warp threads. A few of the techniques, that are also common to other tapestries are described.
slit
In the Slit technique, each colour is woven back and forth, separately. This is generally used in small sections as a slit is created in the rug.
warp interlock
Two colours can also meet by wrapping around the same warp thread. The Warp Interlock creates a jagged edge and is used in diagonal joins.
weft interlocka
In the Weft Interlock, the two adjoining colours wrap around each other between two warp threads. It is used on long vertical joins.


Diagonal (or other) shapes are woven using a combination of interlocking techniques. The steepness of the diagonal determines when to change to the next colour.

D. Y. Begay described the process of weaving a Navajo rug. How the sheep are shorn, the wool is carded and spun on a Navajo spindle and dyed using natural dyes such as mistletoe fungus found on juniper trees, yellow from Chamizo stems and flowers, and rose colours from the prickly pear cactus fruit. She also uses black beans, walnuts, cedar bark, blood roots, onion skins and cochineal for her rich palette of colours.
[http://www.amug.org/%7Edybegay/weavprp.htm]

Navajo weavers today such asLena Ateneare teaching their craft to their children, hoping to pass their knowledge on before it is lost forever. She describes her life as a weaver and her respect for the loom.
[http://www.math.utah.edu/~clemens/Stories/Lena.html]

Fleecing Navajo Weavers
The popularity of Navajo rug designs has allowed some fair trade businesses to thrive while Navajo weavers suffer. Thousands of Diné (Navajo) weavers face formidable competition as their historic patterns, increasingly reproduced abroad, are imported and sold via sophisticated marketing schemes, including hundreds of websites on the internet.

Navajo Women Artists in Resistance are members of the sovereign Dineh Nation. Their website describes their desire to protect their traditonal lands, language and culture of weaving, silversmithing and agriculture.

Sadie Curtis Navajo Weaver

Navajo Weaving Books

The Goat in the Rug
Geraldine is a goat, and Glenmae, a Navajo weaver. One day, Glenmae decides to weave Geraldine into a rug.

Blanket Weaving in the Southwest
A masterful classification scheme for southwestern textiles—and a book that establishes an essential baseline for understanding craft production.

One Hundred Years of Navajo Rugs
Designed for the general reader, museum goer, or collector, it offers a guide to identifying and dating rugs by means of weaving materials. Wool quality, the author explains, is the single most important clue to the date of a rug’s manufacture. Rodee also provides historical background on the great Navajo weavers and especially on the traders who bought rugs from the Navajo.

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Handmade Adjustable Floor Rag Rug Twining Loom 48" x 27.5"

$100.00
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Vintage Floor Loom Weaving 4 Harness, 6 Treadle with Warp

$650.00
End Date: Monday Dec-30-2019 20:10:41 PST
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Loom Ashford Rigid Heddle

$450.00
End Date: Monday Jan-6-2020 8:40:59 PST
Buy It Now for only: $450.00
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