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When I looked at the kiva paintings and the ruins and the books, I was real interested in bringing it back into that fullness, with new colors and new designs. I wanted to bring back something that was being lost.
—Shawn Tafoya, Santa Clara Pueblo
Embroidery Artists

Lydia Chinana
Mabel Fragua
Isabel Gonzales
Evelyn Bird Quintana
Romancita Sandoval
Shawn Tafoya

Because Pueblo embroidered textiles have such important ceremonial purposes, historically artists have produced them for the internal market. They remained largely unknown to the general non-Pueblo public and rarely became the focus of art collectors. At the 1996 Pueblo Embroidery Artist Convocation held at the Indian Arts Research Center, eleven contemporary embroiderers discussed the issues involved in balancing respect for the tradition’s ritual significance with a desire on the part of some textile artists to broaden their own creative expression as well as the medium’s appeal to the art market.

The Embroiderers

In 2002-03, School for Advanced Research staff members Dolly Naranjo Neikrug and Jeanne Fitzsimmons interviewed and videotaped six of the Pueblo embroiderers who participated in the 1996 convocation in their homes.

Lydia Chinana, Jemez Pueblo
Mabel Fragua, Jemez Pueblo
Isabel Gonzales, Jemez Pueblo
Ramoncita Sandoval, San Juan Pueblo
Evelyn Bird Quintana, San Juan Pueblo
Shawn Tafoya, Santa Clara Pueblo

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