Navajo Dye Weaves~ Tuesday Tidbits #103

Hello Friends!

I have been meaning to share this with you for a while. This is a new picture we purchased for over our mantel in the family room. It’s considered a…

Native American Navajo Sampler of Vegetable Dyes used in Navajo Weavings.

A Navajo woman by the name of Isabel Deschinny taught all of her children how to pick different plants and make dyes from them. These dye charts were invented by her daughter Mable Burnside-Myers. The family has assisted Mable with these charts and have also made their own.

We really enjoyed this when we saw this picture in an antique store and were thrilled to bring it home. Look at all the herbs, flowers, berries, seeds and plants used to dye the yarns. They say the fresher the plant the better and darker the dye.

Navajo Rugs are weaved on a loom very much like this but on a larger scale.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you learned something new today.

36 thoughts on “Navajo Dye Weaves~ Tuesday Tidbits #103

  1. Nancy, what a beautiful and oh so interesting piece of art! How amazing how they use herbs, flowers, and plants to make their dyes. The sampler is perfect above your mantel.

    Happy Tuesday!

    1. Thank you dear Pam! An interesting piece indeed! We love it.
      Happy Tuesday and thanks for enjoying our Tuesday right along with us!

    1. I often think that as well, Chris. True artisan work. Thank you for enjoying this right along with us!
      Happy Tuesday and thanks for the visit my friend.

  2. That’s just beautiful! I love buying art when we’re traveling. Whenever I look at it back home I can transport myself back to somewhere fun and beautiful that we visited. Plus your piece is educational as well!

    1. I feel the same as you Dawn. Travel art is wonderful.
      And This piece is not only special but interesting!
      Thanks for the visit my friend.
      Enjoy your Tuesday!

  3. Fascinating, I have read similar stories about how the great masters used to make their paints from different pigments and natural elements, grinding them down and somehow turning them into a spreadable color…Your chart reminds us how important it is to pass our knowledge down to our children and future generations, not only arts and crafts, but our histories and stories. Your chart is beautiful and such a great way to honor your location and celebrate it’s history!

  4. This is so cool Nancy! I’m so happy you posted this! Growing up my mom would point out plants in our region of CA that the native Americans would paint and dye fabrics with. I love that this information was transformed into a work of art as well. And it hangs on your wall. Awesome! Take care kind friend!

    1. Oh Sandra… I’m so glad you are aware of this tradition with Native Americans. And this piece is quite special. Glad you enjoyed it!
      Happy week to you dear Sandra.

  5. Nancy, that is artistic, informative and educational. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us.

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  6. How interesting, and delightful. Was thinking about you (on our Wednesday) when we were busy working and I’d not had time to drop by. How lovely it is to find this Tuesday Tidbit treasure this morning 🙂 This new picture looks as though it is exactly where it belongs.

    1. Oh Clare… thank you for thinking of me! You just made my day!

      Yes this special piece is exactly where it should be. Thank you sweet friend! 🤗

    1. An amazing work of art that we are proud to display because it’s so interesting.
      Thank you for the visit. It’s always so good to hear from you!
      Enjoy your weekend!

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