Weaving Magic

Written by Leah LeMoine Category: Arts Issue: March 2019
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“Navajo Weavers of the Southwest” brings the intricate artform to life.

Navajo Weavers of the American Southwest (Arcadia Publishing and The History Press, $23.99)In Diné legend, weaving tools and knowledge were brought to earth by mythical elders named Spider Man and Spider Woman so that people could clothe themselves and live in beauty. This textile alchemy was passed from generation to generation and is chronicled in Navajo Weavers of the American Southwest (Arcadia Publishing and The History Press, $23.99) by Ann Lane Hedlund, Peter Hiller and Ramona Sakiestewa. The book features photographs and postcards of Diné weavers at work, from the mid-17th century to the present day, and creates a stunning visual history of indigenous art and Southwestern culture. It’s a must for regional art enthusiasts.