The Four Directions Set of 5 Baskets by Elsie Holiday (Blue Ribbon) (#450)

The Four Directions Set of 5 Baskets by Elsie Holiday (Blue Ribbon)
The Four Directions Set of 5 Baskets by Elsie Holiday (Blue Ribbon)
The Four Directions Set of 5 Baskets by Elsie Holiday (Blue Ribbon)

The Four Directions Set of 5 Baskets by Elsie Holiday (Blue Ribbon) (#450)

Signature of Navajo Basket Weaver Elsie Holiday

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11 1/2" and 12" centerpiece

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The Yei’s created order out of the swirling confusion caused by the emergence and consequences of placing mountainous boundaries at the edge of the Navajo universe. Elsie Holiday speaks to that rude awakening and expulsion into a world of the unknown through her remarkable five-piece basket set. From that point of conception, the Holy People spread out in the four sacred directions to create the Dinetah (the Land of the People). The red-bordered basket represents birth, life, and family. The black and white baskets are male in nature and rest at the northern and eastern edges of Navajoland respectfully. The female colors and directions are blue for the south and yellow for the east. From the chaos and confusion, with the aid of the Yeis comes harmony and balance.


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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