Navajo Textiles, by Marilou Schultz,#597
597. Description: A Navajo pictorial rug: Marilou Schultz, finely woven and designed as a sampler of thirteen different rug or blanket patterns, all overlaid upon a busy field of concentric diamond lozenges, floriform and striped borders. Ca 1980's
Dimension: size approximately 5ft 2in x 4ft 3in
Provenance: East Coast Collector
Artist: Marilou Schultz is a weaver and educator who is renowned for her contemporary variations on traditional Navajo rug designs. Weaving is an old Navajo tradition that has been in her family for more than five generations. A full-blooded Navajo, she has been weaving since the age of seven and she is now passing down the craft to her own children.
She weaves contemporary designs using variegated wok in her created diversity weaving's, in where she weaves a traditional wide ruins in the background and a non symmetrical design with embedded petroglyphs. She also still gravitates to classic weavings that include the chief blankets using Churro wool, and Germantown blankets.
All of Schultz's rugs are currently special orders and commissions. During the early years of her weaving, she carded, hand spun, and dyed all her wool, but because of her full-time teaching job with Mesa Public Schools, she now sometimes relies on roving wool and some pre-dyed wool (vegetable/plant dyed). She does card the fleece, spin and dye wool for special orders.
Schultz has participated in the Santa Fe Indian Market for 26 years, and has received the Excellence in Weaving Award, Challenge Award, and First Place Award for non traditional weavings. She is a four time winner of the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market's Best of Division Award, and the Conrad House Special Award. She has been listed in four volumes of Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who of American Women, and the most recent edition of Who's Who in American Education, and has completed commissions for numerous private, corporate, and museum collections.
During the summer months, Schultz conducts Navajo weaving workshops, lectures, and presents across the US. She lives and works with her family in Mesa. Arizona (Source: Omega Institute)
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