Wedge weaving was a common technique for earlier cultures and historic basket makers. The normally horizontal stripes could be woven on a slight bias to created interesting patterns. Thiers is no clear evidence weather middle 19th century Navajo weavers learned the technique from a basket, or it’s makers or developed the technique completely independently. In all cases the weavers soon became experts in wedge weaving continually refining the technique. Unfortunately, the technique could not survive economic pressures for high dollar high craft market that emerged in the post war boom. It’s irregular sides and non-oriental rug inspired patterns and colors were not given high dollars when sold and the weaving style all but disappeared by the 1960. Modern Navajo weavers such as myself marvel as the quick nature of it’s setup and weaving that I feel it deserves more exposure to modern collectors as we push what was started by our weaving kinships almost a century ago.
” Mother Earth and father Sky entwined”
The width of the stripes and the color are both feminine and masculine attributes and in this weaving shows The Duality of male and female Mother Earth and father sky masculine feminine parts that make their whole and how yet both our separate equal intertwined penetrated and are penetrated and the cosmic filament that creates our reality.
Hand-spun Warp black and white all one hundred percent wool
65 x 63 on loom
63x 60 approx when finished
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