The above pic is of a silversmith working his jewelry.
This is but a fraction of the jewelry we have. Although turquoise is VERY popular now, the Indian turquoise and silver pieces aren't. It will come back around someday and when it does....I'm ready for it!
Silver and turquoise and shells called wampum......
These are called Squash Blossom necklaces. They are made out of all silver and turquoise stones and they are HEAVY. Uncomfortable to wear. I wore them, tho, back several years ago when all the stars in Hollywood were wearing them!!! Haha
We sat and watched for about 3 hours while an old Navajo silversmith finished this necklace. I was so scared I wasn't going to get it, I could hardly sit there!! :) See the little tips coming off each turquoise stone around the sides?...they are shaped like squash blossoms, hence the name.
A post card of an Indian lady, selling her wares......
The pottery, for some reason, was my least favorite of the Indian crafts. The Navajos weren't big on pottery making so I really didn't find too much. They did shine, tho, through their rugs and jewelry.
Since I didn't understand their language very well , I couldn't ask "Where would I find someone making rugs?" so I just drove around until I would see these wooley sheep. 9 out of 10 times, I would find a rug maker at that hogan (ho-gan...house, dwelling) and "work a deal" with them for a rug. My heart would get to beating so fast I could hardly breath...just looking at those beautiful, artful rugs made me sooo excited.
An old postcard of how the rugs were made......The actual Indians wouldn't let me take a picture of them....they believed that the camera would rob them of their soul. I respected that and always just left my camera at home. I understand that one reason these rugs have risen in value so much is that rug weaving is becoming a lost art in the Indian culture. It takes so long to weave a rug and I suppose the younger people would rather be doctors, lawyers instead of Indian Chiefs. :)
These beautiful Navajo rugs are such works of art and the rise in value has just gone sky-high. We had more than three at one time, but over the years, we've given some to family, keeping the three shown. I wouldn't put one on the floor and walk on it for love nor money. Too priceless to me. They are all wool and all natural ....no dyes. When you look closely at them, it is really hard to believe that they are every bit handmade. And, a fact that I just love.......
the Navajo weaver always leaves a Spirit Trail, coming out of the rug. They believe this keeps their spirit from being trapped inside the rug. Isn't that so romantic..I absolutely love it.
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