Rena John, Yei’, Pictorial Weaving, Sandpainting Style, Navajo, 54” x 32”
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Traders like JB Moore would be the first to introduce the art of the Navajo to collectors back east, but it was rugs (not silver) that first captured the imaginations of collectors and decorators. Following Moore's suit, other traders would begin to market Navajo weaving, even influencing many of the well-known styles. Today styles are not defined by regions, but perfected by dedicated weavers from all parts of the Navajo Nations. One of the most fascinating of these styles was the Yei’ rug. This weaving comes from the sand painting a medicine man would make during a seven day ceremony. Once the ceremony was done the sand painting would be destroyed.