The Art of Navajo Basketry
Navajo basket-weaving has experienced an astonishing revival over the last few decades, with the emergence of a new generation of female artists—each with her own distinct voice—from the remote community of Douglas Mesa, near Monument Valley. As Becky Menlove says in the preface to Weaving a Revolution: A Celebration of Contemporary Navajo Baskets, “What began as a renaissance, a rebirth of traditional basket making, soon became a revolution of design, storytelling, and distinctive art.”
Traditional Navajo ceremonial baskets, known as “wedding baskets,” play a central role in Navajo rituals and life, and are imbued with spiritual significance. While deeply rooted in traditional symbolism and craft, contemporary basketmakers from Douglas Mesa have innovated with bold new designs, turning their work into a form of self-expression. Twin Rocks Trading Post, located in Bluff, Utah, has played an important role in the development of contemporary Navajo basketry by collaborating with artists and promoting their work. They donated an impressive collection of 250 contemporary baskets to the Natural History Museum of Utah, which reveals the breadth of innovation in the craft.
In partnership with Twin Rocks Trading Post and Crow Canyon Archeological Center, Twofold Handcrafted Travel is offering Weaving Four Corners: The Art of Navajo Basketry (April 20 - 28, 2020), a workshop and tour in which guests will delve into contemporary Navajo culture and craft, with a focus on basketmaking. Artist Peggy Black and her sister, Evelyn Cly, will lead a workshop in which guests will make a traditional ceremonial basket, learning each step in the basket-making process. From their base in Bluff, Utah, guests will also explore the history and landscape of this spectacular area. Special excursions include a guided tour through iconic Monument Valley, curator-led tours of two museums, an introduction to rock-art iconography, and a visit to the archeological ruins in Bears Ears National Monument.
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