Here at Chimayo Trading Del Norte we strive to have the highest quality Navajo rugs and Navajo weavings available. We represent some of the finest Navajo weavers from Arizona and New Mexico and we fully stand behind the quality of our product. Many of our Navajo Rugs are created from hand spun wool which traditionally comes from the flocks of sheep cared for by the weavers and their families. It is then dyed, a very time consuming process, traditionally with vegetal dyes. These dyes consist of plants, roots and berries that are collected throughout the year which are then stewed and fermented to give different shades and tones of color. For the darker tones it is necessary to soak and ferment the dye stuffs for many weeks, shorter times are used to create lighter tones. It is a very involved process and sometimes may take up to six months for the weaver to dye enough wool to create their weaving.
Navajo weavings were traditionally woven in the style from where they came from. Teec-Nos-Pos, Klagetoh, Wide Ruins, Ganado, Burnt Water and Storm Pattern all originate from within Arizona while Crystal, and Two Grey Hills originated in New Mexico. It is now common to see many of the different patterns coming from different areas, a result of weavers challenging themselves with new designs and ideas.
"Spider Woman instructed the Navajo women how to weave on a loom which Spider Man told them how to make. The crosspoles were made of sky and earth cords, the warp sticks of sun rays, the heddles of rock crystal and sheet lightning. The batten was a sun halo, white shell made the comb. There were four spindles: one stick of zigzag lightning with a whorl of cannel coal; one a stick of flask lightning with a whorl of turquoise; a third had a stick of sheet lightning with a whorl of abalone; a rain streamer formed the stick of the fourth, and its whorl was white shell." -Navajo Legend-
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