Miniature Navajo Yei Pictorial Rug [SOLD]


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One of the finest weavers of miniature Navajo textiles, with whom we are familiar, is Louise Bia Yazzie (1953- ).  We purchased miniature textiles from her for many years at the Albuquerque gallery, but have lost contact with her since we moved to Santa Fe.  It is possible that this was woven by Louise, but we cannot be sure.

It is a pictorial textile featuring a line of Navajo Yei figures.  Interestingly, the heads of the front and back Yei are slight violet color and their faces are white.  The faces of the five in the middle have faint violet color and their heads are white. Subtle differences as these are what make one weaver stand apart from another.

Condition: a couple of minor moth damage spots, really minor.  This textile was stitched down to a fabric and framed.  Moths tend to get under the textile in instances such as this, so it is not a good idea to mount textiles or frame them.  They should remain in the open.

Provenance: this Miniature Navajo Yei Pictorial Rug is from the estate of a gentleman from New York who amassed a very large collection of Native art.  We have been receiving paintings from his estate for the last two years.

Recommended Reading: Miniature Arts of the Southwest by Nancy Schiffer

Close up view of the Navajo Yei figures.

Artist Unknown
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