Elsie Tsosie Sandoval, Untitled, 1994. Hand-dyed wool, hand-spun wool. 53x54 inches.


Born in 1915 near Tsosie's Wash, east of Chaco Canyon and west of Naayizi Trading Post, in northwest New Mexico.

Elsie Tsosie Sandoval learned to weave Navajo rugs from her older sisters. After she married and had children, she was able to supplement her husband's income from the sale of her rugs. She wove them using the wool from sheep and goats on her farm.

Despite injuries, arthritis, and other health problems, Sandoval continues to card, spin, dye, and weave her wool and mohair rugs at age eighty-four.

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