Blue Deco Butterfly Basket by Elsie Holiday (#466)

Blue Deco Butterfly Basket by Elsie Holiday
Blue Deco Butterfly Basket by Elsie Holiday
Blue Deco Butterfly Basket by Elsie Holiday

Blue Deco Butterfly Basket by Elsie Holiday (#466)

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Once again, Elsie has broken new ground with her Art Deco-inspired, blue and black butterfly basket. She enjoys coming into the post and looking through art history books and the internet for inspiration. Recently her eyes have been drawn to Cubism. This large and powerful basket could be called “Rhapsody in Blue,” and while you can imagine this elegant piece gracing an Art Deco apartment in the 1930s, it is as modern as tomorrow.

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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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