Turquoise Tortoise Art Gallery in Sedona Arizona - One of the finest Sedona Art Galleries featuring contemporary Native American and Southwestern art

 

TURQUOISE TORTOISE GALLERY CELEBRATES 45 YEARS

1st Friday Gallery Tour featuring
Weaving Traditions: ESCALANTE RUGS

January 5, 2018, 5-8 PM   

Rugs, table runners and pillow covers by Escalante Rugs, a wide range of sizes available, of 100% churro wool, churro/angora blend or mohair. At Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery, in Sedona, AZ.


In Sedona, Arizona, Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery, opens “Weaving Traditions: Escalante Rugs” to showcase its extensive collection of heirloom quality rugs, runners and pillows from Zapotec Indian master weavers. A reception January 5th from 5 8pm opens the new exhibition.

In time to keep your home extra warm for winter, this stunning collection of Escalante Rugs offers a wide selection; each superior textile woven on an upright shuttle loom. The shearing, spinning of yarn, preparation of dyes, set-up of the loom, design and weaving represent the work of entire Zapotec families, with everyone playing a role. Each textile is identified with the name of the master weaver and each represents traditions that have sustained the Zapotec for many generations.

Located in the foothills of the Sierra Madres in the Oaxaca Valley of southern Mexico, the Indians are known locally as the “people of the clouds” and their weaving traditions pre-date Columbus. Unlike many other traditional Native practices, the high level of weaving craftsmanship of the Zapotec continues to thrive. The ability of the Zapotec to retain their skills and artistry as progress, that consistently elevates their work, is incorporated seems to be the secret: In the mid-seventeenth century, cotton and other textiles were replaced with wool when Dominican Friars introduced the European upright loom and sheep to the New World. Additional shifts allowed their weaving traditions to accommodate, and thrive in, today’s market.

Escalante Rugs has worked for over twenty years with these top weavers and, in that time, has helped expand the quality of wools used: These include: 100% churro wool, an Angora wool blend, a fine 50% Mohair blend, and 100% Scottish Lincoln yarns. Over the past ten years Escalante Rugs has worked with the weavers to create over 500 proprietary formulas that represent the nuanced array of shades that is the true hallmark of an Escalante Rug.

Mark your calendars and stop by Turquoise Tortoise on 1st Friday evening, January 5th, to truly appreciate these fine traditional weavings. And plan a winter update to your décor!

“Weaving Traditions: Escalante Rugs” runs through January 14th.

View additional works by Escalante Rugs here.

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Rugs, table runners and pillow covers by Escalante Rugs, a wide range of sizes available, of 100% churro wool, churro/angora blend or mohair. At Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery, in Sedona, AZ.

 

Rugs, table runners and pillow covers by Escalante Rugs, a wide range of sizes available, of 100% churro wool, churro/angora blend or mohair. At Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery, in Sedona, AZ.

 



On the first Friday of each month, from 5 - 8 p.m., members of the Sedona Gallery Association offer a unique monthly showcase highlighting artists, special exhibits, and art events.

These special art receptions give locals and Sedona visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while beginning their weekends with an exploration of Sedona's exciting art scene.

Turquoise Tortoise Gallery is proud to present "Weaving Traditions: ESCALANTE RUGS" as its featured artist for SGA First Friday in the Galleries event on January 5, 2018   with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. You are invited!

 

 
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