Lynda Teller Pete and Barbara Teller Ornelas are fifth-generation Navajo weavers who have been weaving since they were young girls. Their father, Sam Teller, worked at the famed Two Grey Hills Trading Post in New Mexico, where they were raised with their sister and two brothers. Internationally acclaimed for their fine tapestry weaving, their lives and their work have been featured in many publications and have been the subject of the Craft in America TV programme. Their weaving has been exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the world. Together, they teach Navajo weaving workshops at museums, galleries, and guilds, valuing the opportunity to serve as ambassadors for their Navajo culture and traditions.
This engrossing book is a detailed glimpse into the world of the traditional Navajo weavers of the central USA.
Written from the expert perspective of two fifth generation traditional weavers from the Newcomb and Two Grey Hills areas of the Navajo Nation, it explores the lives and work of many of their forebears, relatives and other members of their close-knit community of weavers. For each of the 30-plus featured weavers, the authors provide a short biography with examples of their work.
The labour-intensive, individually designed intricate rugs and tapestries are visually striking. Some use natural coloured handcarded and hand-spun singles wool yarns. Others use natural dyed wool, their palettes reflecting the colours of the landscapes. It is evident that all of the featured weavers, young and old, men and women, enjoy a personal connection with each rug or tapestry they weave; they work not merely to earn their living, although most do.
Throughout the pages you will learn aspects of Navajo lifestyle, history and tradition, and experience the strong sense of identity within the weaving families. Ample colour photos of both weavers and their work bring the text to life.-- Christina Chisholm, Online Guild * The Journal for Weavers, Spinners & Dyers (March 2019) *