Mildred Natani Two Grey Hills Rug – Smaller Navajo Weaving
Two Grey Hills weaving by Mildred Natani (sister of Daisy Taugelchee). Beautifully woven Navajo rug (circa 1970’s) by the late master weaver, Mildred Natani. Simple single-diamond pattern with nice colors. Finely woven rug with VERY crisp lines. Created in the 1970’s by master weaver, Mildred Natani, this is a beautiful & collectible Navajo weaving.
Excerpts from “The Master Weavers” by Mark Winter:
“Mildred was born in August of 1913, two years after her famous sister (Daisy Taugelchee). …Mildred and Daisy were raised by their Nali, paternal grandmother, Sage Brush Hill Woman… The sisters grew up together, herding sheep and migrating with their paternal family to the mountains for the summer and back to Toadlena for the winter. … Sage Brush Hill Woman, who was perhaps the most influential weaver in the entire Toadlena/Two Grey Hills weaving region, taught her daughters and granddaughters, including Daisy and Mildred, to weave when they were young. …. In the late 1930’s and into the 1940’s Mildred taught weaving at the Toadlena Boarding School. … She later married Peter Natani… After the were married, they moved to San Francisco, California, where Peter had found work. … In San Francisco, Mildred worked at a laundry but continued to weave at night. When she returned to Toadlena in the early 1950’s, her sister Daisy was at the top of her field. Mildred’s work after this point her much resembles her sister’s. Daisy’s fine textiles usually won the top awards at juried events and Mildred’s often won second prize, behind her sister. By the late 1960’s, Mildred was mostly weaving smaller tapestries. She can be seen with one of her fine tapestries in the July 1974, Arizona Highways rug issue … (Mildred) wanted to tell people who bought her rugs, “Thank you for appreciating my work.” She was happy to hear that lots of people know her for the rugs she wove. Her advice to other young Navajos was to “Do your best if you ever become a weaver.” Mildred lived quietly near Toadlena until her passing in 2005.”
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