Yei Rug by Jessie Yazzie (#001)

Yei Rug by Jessie Yazzie
Yei Rug by Jessie Yazzie
Yei Rug by Jessie Yazzie

Yei Rug by Jessie Yazzie (#001)

 $2,500.00

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43" x 59"

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The Yei rug was woven by Navajo weaver Jessie Yazzie in the mid-1980s and was originally sold through the Blue Mountain Trading Post. It spent the last thirty-plus years in the San Francisco Bay area in the collection of attorney Harley Spitler. Harley loved this weaving, but when his family came into possession, they did not share his passion for the piece. We were more than happy to accept it back into the fold. Because this rug is completely hand-spun and woven with vegetable dyes, it portrays a strong sense of Navajo culture and tradition. Jessie’s rug is welcome here, and we look forward to seeing what loving and appreciative home it might go to.


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Yei

Every creature, every aspect of nature has its holy people . . . . even the stinkbug. Sometimes you can see them, if only for an instant. They are represented, some of them, by colors: the blue sky, the evening dusk, the night these are holy people and one prays to them. There are iron people, crystal people, then the other rocks "and such people." There are dawn people, twilight people, air, thunder, and cloud people. One does not talk about such things in nature when they and their holy people are present.

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Weaving
After the medicine woman told the people about the prayersticks she told them that there was a place in the underworld where two rivers crossed. It was called ni tqin'kae tsosi, fine fiber cotton (Indian hemp). There were two persons who brought the seed of that plant, they were spiders. They said that the people were to use the plant instead of skins for their clothing. So this seed was planted in the earth? More about this legend

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