Lynx Basket by Elsie Holiday (#458)

Lynx Basket by Elsie Holiday
Lynx Basket by Elsie Holiday
Lynx Basket by Elsie Holiday

Lynx Basket by Elsie Holiday (#458)

Signature of Navajo Basket Weaver Elsie Holiday


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21" x 22"

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A short time ago Steve put this question to Elsie Holiday; “Do you think you could weave a lynx?” “I don’t know,” replied Elsie, “but I would like to try.” And try she did. Over the years, we have learned that when Elsie Holiday puts her mind to creating a weaving, especially something totally unique, she accomplishes it. Elsie absorbs the idea and works it around in her head, then proceeds to weave those thoughts in sumac. The end result is always amazing! 

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Navajo Basket Weaver Elsie Holiday

Considered one of the best Navajo basket weavers, Elsie Stone Holiday married into the famed Douglas Mesa family of weavers. Weaving baskets has become almost an addiction for her. "When I go two or three days without weaving I get anxious to get started again," she says. She weaves 12 hours a day, 5 days a week. "Sometimes I think, 'How long can this last?'", she wistfully states, but for now she is content with her art, finding immense satisfaction in creating premier quality 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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