36 x 24 in. (91.4 x 61 cm)
(1933 - 2004)
Medium and Support:
Loaned by Vee Angle
Location: Not currently on view
The current Navajo Nation covers 27,000 square miles over a large chunk of Arizona, part of New Mexico and a section of Utah. Known as one of the finest weavers of Navajo pictorials, Isabel John lived with her family at Many Farms, Arizona. Navajo pictorials, a deviation from traditional rugs showcasing geometric patterns, originated in the mid-twentieth century and incorporate scenes from daily life.
John learned to weave from her mother and began weaving pictorials in 1972. Using both vegetal and commercial dyes, and store-bought as well as handspun wool from her own sheep, it often took her a year and a half to make one rug. This rug illustrates the actual weaving of a pictorial rug and the people and landscape that inspired it.
[Gallery label text, 2009]