Black and White Maze Basket by Alicia Nelson (#249)

Black and White Maze Basket by Alicia Nelson
Black and White Maze Basket by Alicia Nelson
Black and White Maze Basket by Alicia Nelson

Black and White Maze Basket by Alicia Nelson (#249)

Signature of Navajo Basket Weaver Alicia Nelson


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Monochromatic colors, geometric designs, and a very fine weave are all indicators of an Alicia Nelson basket. Alicia learned to weave from her then mother-in-law, Mary Holiday Black, along with instruction from Mary’s daughters Sally, Lorraine, and Agnes. The tutelage of such a talented, creative, and experienced group of weavers, along with a natural aptitude for the art helped Alicia to become a top-notch weaver in a very short period of time. As with this weaving, Alicia’s baskets are always beautifully executed with intricate patterns.

About the artist:

Navajo Basket Artist Alicia Nelson

Young and vulnerable to other's opinions, Alicia Nelson has nonetheless learned to trust her own instincts, and this has served her well as she has gone from being an apprentice basket weaver to an artist in her own right. Alicia trained under her mother-in-law, the famous Mary Holiday Black, recipient of the National Endowments 1995 Arts Heritage Award and fellowship. Alicia is one of only an estimated two dozen Navajo weavers who incorporate pictorial images into their baskets.

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Navajo Basketry

Basketry is a woman's industry, which is also pursued by the nadle (he changes), hermaphrodites, or men skilled in the arts and industries of both men and women. Basketry, however, is not classified with textile fabrics (yistl'o), but with sewing (nalkhad). It is of interest also that, while the basket is in progress, the sewer is untouched and avoided by the members of her family?

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