My travels focus on seeking out weavers who express tribal heritage in their textiles. Along the way, I have come to recognize how their amazing legacies are under threat from modernization. As I reflect on my time spent with each weaver, I’ve appreciated their enthusiasm to demonstrate their skills, share their techniques and teach me albeit briefly, their mastery of weaving.
- Taliang weaving and twining, Lao PDR. (video file) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGdN8Tg7Xhs
I am grateful for the wonderful teachers I’ve encountered since my weaving journey began in 1977. They are each, master weavers in their own right … Dine weaver Jennie Slick of the Navajo Nation; Karen weavers Molo of the Tabitha Project and Saeng at studio Naenna in Chiang Mai, Thailand; Madelyn van der Hoogt founder of the Weaver’s School in Coupeville WA; and backstrap weaver Laverne Waddington .
Above all, I am especially grateful to Marilyn Greaves, my bilagaana teacher in California who taught me so much about the beauty in Dine weaving, the virtue of patience and the importance of cultural sensitivity.