Iris 4 Navajo twill

Stephanie Hoppe Handwoven Rugs

Iris 5: Iris Endures

Wool warp, hand-dyed wool weft
16  by 21 inches

Navajo twill is an ingenious arrangement whereby a complex weave can be woven on the  Navajo loom weave with none of the technological devices of European-derived looms.  The weave is "loom-controlled" in the sense that the diamond and wave patterns arise from the weaving, with the weft color changes made in ordinary tapestry techniques. The prehistoric Anasazi used this weave, and historically, Navajo used it particularly for saddle blankets. I like the richness of surface it adds to the curving spaces separating the iris leaves, and to the flower petals.