Sunday, February 5, 2012

Rug Of The Week - Crystal Star by Bah Yazzie Ashley

by John Aldrich

This week's rug is a beautiful creation in soft pastels by Bah Yazzie Ashley. She calls it Crystal Star.

The rug measures 18" x 23" and is priced at $300. It's beautifully woven by a master weaver. The catalog listing is 6786.

Bah is one of our Elders at Sanders and is quite a famous weaver. She has been wheelchair-bound for years, but this doesn't slow down her weaving.

At the Sanders food runs, Bah often makes a donation to the Program, such as the small rug she is holding in this photo:

Her weaving is usually done in the New Lands style and colors using yarns that are typically colored with vegetal dyes. Most of her weaving is sold through Bruce Burnham's trading post which is also the source of her yarn.

Bah Yazzie Ashley's rugs can sell for as much as $12,000.

See this 2010 post for more information about the rug catalog.

Notes: Every effort has been made to photograph and present the rugs with as accurate rendition of color as possible. It's not possible, however, to be certain that your computer won't show some variance. Where two prices are listed in the catalog, the higher represents what the weaver hopes to receive and the lower, the minimum she will accept. As has always been the case at ANE all the proceeds of every rug sale go entirely to the weaver. Prices are set by the weaver, and since there is no "middleman" they are typically very reasonable.

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