by Linda Myers
It’s a very warm summer day as my assistant, Wendy Sanborn, and I travel to the reservation. As we head from Shiprock to Gallup, New Mexico, we stop at a small gas station trading post in Tohatchi. We take a few minutes to look at the necklaces and rugs the Elders have traded for credit to buy food and gas.
There was a small selection of Pendleton blankets hanging on a wall. I loved a soft blue, brown and beige Pendleton that reminded me of aspen trees. I thought about how pretty the Elders’ rugs would be in these soft winter colors.
In late fall, when I was preparing for the Rug Show, I visited Doug Hollinger at the Park City Clothing Company. As we talked, I noticed that he had the same beautiful Pendleton. I bought it. I decided to show the blanket to the Elders and ask them to weave winter rugs in these beautiful colors.
At the Rug Show in early November, I had a meeting with the weavers and told them that many people come to Park City to ski. I described how much snow falls in the winter and how everything is covered in white. I asked them to think about winter scenes of mountains. I pointed to a large picture of pine trees on the wall of the lodge at Deer Valley. I suggested they think about snowflakes. We held up the Pendleton and showed the Elders the wintry colors.