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© Ely Abrums and Laura Walker

Charlene Laughing (1969-present)

Charlene is from the Laughing family of Crystal, New Mexico. She and her relatives are creative weavers who produce traditional and contemporary Navajo rugs and wall hangings in natural and vegetal colored wool. Charlene Laughing has been weaving in the Navajo tradition since she was a little girl. At age 8, she sold her first piece to a trading post in Crystal, NM, where she grew up.
Completing some pieces can take months to custom dye and hand weave her intricate patterns. Some designs are based on the borderless geometric banded rugs that weavers developed in her community of Crystal during the mid-twentieth century. In other textiles, she experiments with an innovative patchwork of different motifs. And in still others, she returns to designs on blankets and serapes of the nineteenth century.

At the 2009 Southwest Indian Art Fair Charlene was the recipient of two Awards of Excellence, for “Germantown Men’s Wearing Blanket” and “Crystal Rug.”

For Additional Information:
American Indian Art Series: American Indian Textiles (2000 Artist Biographies) by Gregory Schaaf

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