Announcement Southwest Tapestry in the Hispanic wool weaving tradition of Northern New Mexico. Featuring: Churro wool, handspun yarns, and natural dyes to create tapestries, blankets, rugs, vests, coats, bags and table mats for your pleasure.
Southwest Tapestry in the Hispanic wool weaving tradition of Northern New Mexico. Featuring: Churro wool, handspun yarns, and natural dyes to create tapestries, blankets, rugs, vests, coats, bags and table mats for your pleasure.
Luis on Feb 28, 20215 out of 5 stars
The rug is so beautiful!! I absolutely love the colors and the patterns on it! Its exactly what I been looking for! It also arrived on time! Thank you so much!!
PJ on Oct 31, 20195 out of 5 stars
Beautifully made rug in cardinal red, white and blue with black stripes - made the voyage to NZ through the CA fires, unscathed and without a wrinkle! Tonight for Halloween I'm wearing my Chimayo vest bought 30 years ago when mum and I visited NM - looks great with the Navajo silver and turquoise jewelry bought in Santa Fe!! Absolutely incredible artisans in Chimayo, Santa Fe and Taos, oh my!!!
Terri on Oct 6, 20195 out of 5 stars
The vest was a custom order. So very glad I ran into this shop. Owner was very communicative and made sure that my order was accurate in sizing. I appreciated having this one of a kind customer service/treatment and work of art made especially for me. It is gorgeous. Highly recommend.
Kelly VanGeet on Sep 18, 20195 out of 5 stars
These people are great! My weaving arrived today and it is beautiful. I would not hesitate to recommend this place to my friends or family. And I will definitely buy from them in the future
Nancy on Nov 5, 20185 out of 5 stars
Beautiful! I absolutely love it!
anncummings5 on Nov 10, 20175 out of 5 stars
Wonderful jacket. In perfect condition.
Seven Generations of Tradition Thrive at Centinela
In 1982, immediately after our wedding, we started Centinela Traditional Arts. Irvin had been weaving since he was young, but I was instantly a professional weaver, since that was now our business. We also started dying yarn with natural dyes from the start. The gorgeous colors I had to play with helped me to see some of the infinite creative possibilities that Chimayo and Rio Grande weaving had to offer.
Rio Grande weaving is a 400 year-old tradition here in Northern New Mexico. The Spanish settlers arrived here with Churro sheep, which eventually thrived, giving rise to the important sheep, wool and blanket trades of New Mexico history. The blankets that were woven for trade during Spanish Colonial times were primarily striped blankets, but other styles developed over the years as other cultural influences inspired the weavers of the area. The intricate tapestry work of Saltillo textiles came up from Mexico. The eight-pointed star of mysterious origin came into use during the earliest American contact with the Vallero blanket. And Victorian era tourists inspired the Chimayo weaving and its transformation of the weaving industry.
We have been drawing from that tradition as our primary source of design inspiration for our weavings and for knowledge of equipment, materials and techniques.
We also work closely with a few other craftsmen, mainly weavers, to create the work we sell here in our shop. And we try to keep exploring to find out new things we can do.
Owner, Maker, Weaver, Spinner, Knitting, Manager
Weaving since 1982, and immersing myself in spinning, dyeing, and knitting since then, I love the creative energy of fiber arts and the Chimayo/Rio Grande tradition of Northern New Mexico.
Owner, Maker, Weaver, Dyer, Loom Guy
As a seventh generation Rio Grande weaver living in Chimayo, New Mexico, my work has evolved from the traditional styles of my forefathers. I use design ideas from historic Rio Grande weavings of Northern New Mexico and add my own aesthetic.
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