BER­DINE BE­GAY (NAVAJO)

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Ber­dine Be­gay is a fourth-gen­er­a­tion Navajo weaver. With 17 years un­der her belt, she learned weav­ing from her sis­ter D.Y. Be­gay. “The de­signs and col­ors I in­cor­po­rate into my ta­pes­tries are in­spired by the en­chant­ing land of my birth­place in Tse­lani, Ari­zona,” she says. The col­ors and the plateau for­ma­tions of the land­scape are of­ten in­cor­po­rated into the im­agery of her weav­ings. She weaves on a tra­di­tional ver­ti­cal Navajo loom, and de­scribes, “The process that I prac­tice in­volves shear­ing the fam­ily sheep, wash­ing, sort­ing and card­ing the fleece for spin­ning. Re­cently I started dye­ing with plants to achieve nat­u­ral col­ors for my de­signs.” At In­dian Mar­ket, she will show off a cur­rent ta­pes­try on the loom.

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