Flagstaff's first Navajo rug auction will be June 14 at the Coconino Center for the Arts and features 300 unique Navajo weavings on sale throughout the event. The event is a joint effort of Flagstaff Cultural Partners and the Museum of Northern Arizona, and kicks off "Many Colored Weaves," an exhibition of the museum's rug collection, through Aug. 9 also at the center.
A preview of all weavings for sale begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. The auction begins at 5 p.m. All proceeds from this event will support FCP and MNA.
Navajo belief describes humankind's progression through successive worlds. Each world previous to the current one was associated with a particular color.
The current world, which is variously known as the "glittering," "sparkling," or "many-colored world," is associated with a multitude of hues. The Navajo weaver's art reflects the multicolored aspect of this environment.
In this exhibition, Navajo weavers share their reflections on the processes and practices of weaving, and their meaning.
"Many Colored Weaves" will feature 36 textiles from both the early and late 20th century.
The textiles are representative of various regions producing quality works during that period.
For further information, contact the museum at (928) 774-5213 or www.musnaz.org