Authentic Navajo Hand Made
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Paula says - "We obtain our Navajo dolls from a sort of doll consortium . . . all hand made by Navajo women, perhaps like a quilting bee, they get together and some make the skirts while others paint the faces - can I do the jewelry??!!
"These ladies include Rose Ann Joe, Betty Peters, Joann Silversmith, Louise Grey, Marie Yazzie, Betty Yazzie, Isabella Joe and Edith Baker ."
Meant to resemble Navajo Men and Women in ordinary dress, Navajo dolls are meant to be played with or collected.
Navajo women are usually outfitted in a cloth dress or skirt and top and embellished with jewelry made of turquoise, silver and shell. The dress is traditionally made of velvet, cotton or muslin embellished with rick rack trim and cinched with a woven or embroidered sash. Necklaces are often sewn right onto the dress. Earrings are often beaded loops.
Men appear in traditional muslin pants, bright colored shirt (often velvet) and a cinched sash like belt.
Hair for the dolls is often made of mohair, wool or yarn. The hands are often made of leather. The face is fabric and the facial features are painted on.
Navajo dolls might just be standing or they could be involved in an activity from everyday life such as weaving, cooking, or sewing.