Archuleta, Northern Yeis, 1997. 100% wool, natural
and chemical dyes. 34x39 inches.
Born in 1922 in Santa Cruz, New Mexico.
Eppie Archuleta comes from a family of over sixty weavers spanning five
generations. Her mother, Agueda Martinez (also represented in this exhibit),
taught her how to use a treadle loom. She continued to weave while working
on her farm with her husband and family.
Eventually Archuleta created a design on her weaving that broke from her
use of traditional Spanish, Navajo, and Chimayo designs. One textile depicted
Cesar Chavez, the farm labor leader; this was the beginning of her narrative
use of textiles. Many of her figurative textiles or "woven paintings"
such as Northern Yeis are created "freehand", without a pre-drawn
Archuleta has continued to work with political images. In 1993, she created
a tapestry dedicated to the women who served in the Vietnam War, which
hangs at the Vietnam Women's Memorial in Washington, D.C.