the weavers
male weavers of dine' nation


James Sherman is a master weaver from a well-known weaving family. His stepmother, Clara Sherman, taught him to weave Two Grey Hills-style rugs because at the time her daughters were not interested in carrying on the tradition.

Unlike most male weavers of his generation, James has, for over thirty years, sold his weavings under his own name. Today, some men can continue the tradition of selling under a female family member's name. This may be because women command a higher price for their weavings, or because men are modest about their profession. Most contemporary weavers, however, choose to identify themselves when marketing their work.

Two Grey Hills Rug, 1999

site credits
 Museum of Indian Arts & CultureMuseum of New Mexico