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2015 Navajo Rug Auction and Jewelry Sale

September 20, 2015

The Foundation for Las Cruces Museum is sponsoring the 2nd annual Navajo Rug Auction to benefit Navajo weavers and the Las Cruces museum system. Items to be auctioned will consist of contemporary and vintage authentic handmade Navajo rugs and baskets.

On Friday, October 23 4pm to 8pm, the museum will host a jewelry sale and appraisal session. For $10 per item you can have your Native American rugs, baskets, jewelry and similar items. The auction and weaving demonstrations will be held Saturday, October 24 at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 North Man Street. All auction items will be available for preview 9am – 11:30am, with the auction beginning at noon. Local weavers will be on site to identify handspun, hand-carded and vintage pieces and to help identify important features 2014 Rug Auctionof the rugs.

During the preview on October 24 will be weaving demonstrations by the Spider Rock Girls, well known weavers from the Navajo Nation.  Emily Malone, Rose Yazzie, and Laramie Blake are three generations of weavers from the Chinle area. Meet this extraordinary family and learn about their approach to both traditional and innovative weaving techniques and patterns. Malone, Yazzie and Blake will be present throughout the auction, from 9am through close, answering questions. They will give a special presentation for children at 11. The Spider Rock Girls will also have items available in the auction.

Navajo, or Diné, weavers are renowned world-wide for their virtuosic weaving and Navajo rugs are quintessential aspects of the Southwestern cultural landscape. More than 200Rug Weaving Demonstration rugs in a wide range of styles, both historic and recently completed, will be on display and available for purchase. The auction will be run by R.B. Burnham & Co. Whether you are a collector or just learning, this is a great opportunity to view a variety of styles and learn more on the history of Navajo rug weaving. Browse, bid and take home a unique handmade textile. Proceeds benefit Navajo weavers, the Branigan Cultural Center, and the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums. Admission is free.

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