"Laughing Jack" Basket by Elsie Holiday (#475)





Signature of Navajo Basket Weaver Elsie Holiday

 $3,475.00

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16" x 18"

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Elsie calls her latest creation “Laughing Jack,” and he is a mule of another color. In fact, this weaving is alive with color and humor. We think “hee-haw” translates exactly the same in both Navajo and English, and this spunky mule speaks loud and clear. Once again, when it comes to contemporary basketry, there is only one Elsie.


About the artist:

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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