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  • Publisher: Thrums Books
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 18 September 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9780999051757
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Size: 254x254 mm
  • Illustrations: 124
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: £29.99
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Spider Woman's Children


Navajo Weavers Today by Lynda Teller Pete & Barbara Teller Ornelas

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This intimate view into the life of Navajo weavers today is a must-read for textile enthusiasts, weavers, and those with an interest in Native American culture, history and traditions.

Spider Woman's Children: Navajo Weavers Today illustrates the beautiful and complex world of contemporary Navajo life, art and family - a world shaped by history and rich cultural traditions. It offers an intimate view into the life of today's Navajo weavers that will inspire and surprise. While many books have been written about Navajo weaving, techniques and style, non has highlighted the weavers themselves. Authors and sisters Lynda Teller Pete and Barbara Teller Ornelas are fifth-generation Navajo weavers, which lends an authentic and in-depth perspective to each story. 

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About Lynda Teller Pete

Lynda Teller Pete and Barbara Teller Ornelas are fifth-generation Navajo weavers who have been weaving since they were young girls. Their father, Sam Teller, worked at the famed Two Grey Hills Trading Post in New Mexico, where they were raised with their sister and two brothers. Internationally acclaimed for their fine tapestry weaving, their lives and their work have been featured in many publications and have been the subject of the Craft in America TV programme. Their weaving has been exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the world. Together, they teach Navajo weaving workshops at museums, galleries, and guilds, valuing the opportunity to serve as ambassadors for their Navajo culture and traditions.

About Barbara Teller Ornelas


The Journal for Weavers, Spinners & Dyers (March 2019)

This engrossing book is a detailed glimpse into the world of the traditional Navajo weavers of the central USA.

Written from the expert perspective of two fifth generation traditional weavers from the Newcomb and Two Grey Hills areas of the Navajo Nation, it explores the lives and work of many of their forebears, relatives and other members of their close-knit community of weavers. For each of the 30-plus featured weavers, the authors provide a short biography with examples of their work. 

The labour-intensive, individually designed intricate rugs and tapestries are visually striking. Some use natural coloured handcarded and hand-spun singles wool yarns. Others use natural dyed wool, their palettes reflecting the colours of the landscapes. It is evident that all of the featured weavers, young and old, men and women, enjoy a personal connection with each rug or tapestry they weave; they work not merely to earn their living, although most do.

Throughout the pages you will learn aspects of Navajo lifestyle, history and tradition, and experience the strong sense of identity within the weaving families. Ample colour photos of both weavers and their work bring the text to life. 

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