Sunday, July 1, 2012

Rug(s) Of The Week - Handspun Rugs by Nettie Tsinajinnie

by John Aldrich

Continuing with rugs that have been newly added to the catalog, this week we feature two handspun rugs by Nettie Tsinajinnie. Nettie is a traditional Navajo Elder who lives in Nazlini and attends the Many Farms food run. She weaves rugs the old way using wool from her own sheep that she has processed herself. This is a declining skill as younger weavers almost always use commercial yarn.

The first rug is a beautiful Star Dazzler and, at 49" x 76", is one of the largest in the current catalog:

This is a gorgeous rug and is priced at $1650. That might seem like a lot of money, but for a rug this size and quality, it's a real bargain. The catalog listing is 7291.

The other new rug from Nettie is also a large one. Star Burst measures 46" x 58" and is selling for $950:

The catalog listing for this rug is 7290.

Here is a picture of Nettie by her loom:

And here she uses a traditional hip spindle to spin her yarn.

To see more rugs, new and old, visit the Rug Catalog.

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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