I am a Navajo and weaver of exquisite traditional (Classic, Germantown, & Regional styles) and contemporary Navajo rugs using very fine hand spun, natural, vegetal (plant dyed), and aniline dyed wool. My specialization is Burntwater, Classic (Moqui, Transition, and Chief), 3 Piece in One Rugs (Classic styles), and multiple rugs (more than one rug in one rug) styles. I created "Moqui Indigo" and "Moqui Red" using a special dyeing technique and these I use in traditional Storm Patterns and Classic style weavings. More recently, I started using variegated wool in my "Diversity" weavings. For my weavings I utilize both a traditional Navajo upright (vertical) loom and a floor loom.

I come from a family of more than four generations of weavers. My late maternal grandmother (lived into her llate 90's) lived in Leupp . My mother, Martha Gorman Schultz, in her late 70s) still weaves, all my sisters are weavers. My son, Shawn Quannie Horace, and other nieces and nephews are accomplished young weavers. My great-great grandmother was also a weaver who moved from Chinle area to Leupp when she was young.

My maternal clan is Tabaaha (Water's Edge) and my paternal clan is Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood
People). I am originally from Leupp,

 

AZ (located on the western part of the reservation) on the Navajo reservation 48 miles northeast of Flagstaff, AZ. I currently reside in Mesa, AZ, employed by Mesa Public Schools, and during the summer months I conduct Navajo weaving workshops, lectures, and presentations across the United States. In between these times, I work on special orders and commissioned rugs. My weavings are of very fine wool and they take time to make but collectors do not mind waiting 1.5 to 2 years for their unique and exquisite one of a kind rug Navajo rug.

Navajo weaving has always been and continues to be passed on in my family. My grandmother wove rugs into her 90s. My mother continues the tradition of weaving and has been a great inspiration to me. My memories are vivid of waking up to the sound of her batten beating away at her rug somewhere in a distance, sometimes inside the house or during the summers outside. The sound of her batten was always so soothing because it was rhythmic. From watching my mother, I learned the basic weaving techniques --weaving rugs from elementary school through college for financial support. Influenced by museum curators and collectors to create innovative pieces, weaving has become an art

 

for me to share with others as well as the financial support. Weaving has always been a part of my life and family and it continues today with my son, nieces, and nephews.

I weave because of my love of weaving and the challenge of creating unique weavings. I utilize techniques that I learned as a child, such as the plain weave, twill, double twill, raised outline, and more recently the double-faced weavings. These techniques are special to me because they have been passed on in my family for more than four generations. I always like to go one step further than my last weaving whether it is in designing, dyeing, and/or techniques which necessitates experimentation. There are different challenges with each piece of weaving and each piece that I create is one of a kind. Some challenges in weaving are being able to create intricate designs in the space determined by the dimensions of the warp versus simple bold designs, color coordination, balance in the overall design; weaving and dyeing techniques which effect texture, appearance, designing and to have an open mind to lend one's self to creativity. The weft count on my fine weavings are about 140 to 150 wefts to the inch. With this count I am able to create very fine detailed designs and can make circular designs.

   
   

 

My grandson tries his hands at weaving
Kaden Quannie Horace, 10 mos..

 

 


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