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Two Grey Hills tapestry weaving by Rose Mike. EXCEPTIONAL Navajo rug by retired master weaver, Rose Mike. Lovely single-diamond pattern with attractive colors. Extremely finely woven with precise crisp lines. Created in the mid-late 1960’s by master weaver, Rose Mike, this masterpiece is a very collectible weaving!
Excerpts from “The Master Weavers” by Mark Winter:
“Rose (Mike) was born on February 12, 1925, in a hooghan near Two Grey Hills. She reminisced about her difficult childhood; her mother… ultimately died when Rose was sixteen. Rose then had to raise her brothers and sisters… Rose learned how to weave at age twelve but remembers her mother discouraging her. This only made her want to try harder. In one interview she recalled selling her first rug at the Toadlena post. She also remembers Charles Herring, trader at the Toadlena post, being very kind and bringing food to help feed her family… She lamented, “We didn’t get much money then.” Rose met her husband Hoskie Mike… a maintenance man at the Toadlena Boarding School, and married him in 1946. Hoskie’s sister was Master Weaver Dorothy Mike… Rose remembers her older cousins working on large rugs and how it intimidated her… She became very determined to be a better weaver so she could “get better prices”, and succeeded. Rose went on to become the finest spinner and weaver in the entire Toadlena/Two Grey Hills region… However, Rose had never considered herself to be a good weaver, and was surprised to hear she was very well known among collectors around the country. Rose said that she “always tried to do good work” and is thankful that people appreciated and purchased her fine tapestries.”
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