Sunday, March 25, 2012

Rug Of The Week - Tree Of Life by Dorothy Secody

by John Aldrich

As one of our older weavers at age 91, Dorothy Secody, is no longer able to weave large rugs and has specialized in producing small Tree Of Life rugs. Despite their small size, her rugs typically  contain all the basic elements of this style of rug: the sacred corn plant growing from a ceremonial basket with birds flying in and out. Additionally, her designs typically contain other elements such as feathers, arrows, rainbows, and mountain symbols.

This rug, which is typical in size and price for Dorothy, measures 21" x 16" and is priced at $155. The catalog listing is 7020.

Dorothy is one of our Elders and attends the Many Farms food run along with three of her sisters. In her younger years Dorothy was quite a famous weaver, known for weaving large rugs as well as weaving rugs in many different styles.

As is the case with so many weavers, this skill provided Dorothy with the means to support her family.

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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