Navajo Extremely Fine Two Gray Hills Textile, by Clara Sherman, 1970's-1980's #1047
Vintage Navajo Hand Woven Extremely Fine, by Clara Sherman
Two Gray Hills Textile, #1047
1047. Native American, Navajo Vintage Hand Woven Extremely Fine Two Gray Hills Textile, by Clara Sherman, ca 1970's-1980's. 40 to 45 wefts/inch.
Dimensions: 66" x 40".
Condition: Excellent. There is some fading to the light colored wool on one side of the piece, and I understand that this happens to the blond colored wool used by the weavers over time.
Provenance: From a Tenn Estate Collection.
Some background on Clara Nezbah Sherman
Clara Nezbah Sherman (February 18, 1914 – July 31, 2010) was a Navajo artist particularly known for her Navajo rugs. Born Nezbah Gould, her mother was of the Hashtłʼishnii clan, and her father was of the Naashashí Dineʼé. She was the last surviving member of ten siblings including an adopted sister. Sherman and her siblings learned to weave as children from her family, who specialized in the craft. Clara had several children with her husband, John Sherman. Her daughters and granddaughters also learned to weave.
She played the harmonica, and could "keep a melody and bass line going at the same time."
In 2006, she was awarded the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts by the governor of New Mexico in association with the National Endowment for the Arts. She is one of the artists whose work is available at the historic Toadlena Trading Post on New Mexico Arts' Fiber Arts Trail.
1. Reweaving culture's fabric Navajo rugs see revival via outsider June 9, 2002, Denver Post, "And Winter bought new dentures for 87-year-old Clara Sherman, one of the best living Navajo weavers."
2. Clara Sherman's obituary
3. Clara Sherman, Navajo Weaving". Convocations Indian Arts Research Center. 2006-07-14. Archived from the original on July 14, 2006. Retrieved 2013-07-09.
4. Snyder, Jim (2002-06-29). "Dances with Wool Exhibit Opens". Canku Ota (64). Retrieved 2013-07-09.
5."Clara Sherman, 1914-2010". Home of Toadlena Trading Post and Navajo Two Grey Hills Weaving's. Retrieved 2013-07-09.
Thanks to Bruce Bernstein, former director, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe
originally appeared in The Collector’s Guide to Santa Fe and Taos - Volume 11
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