Raven Makes Gallery

Sisters, Oregon

The Chester Sisters

                             Gabrielle Chester and Adrienne Chester

                                                      Dine` (Navajo)

Gabrielle and Adrienne learned weaving from their mother, Mae Jean, a well known master weaver.   Mae Jean learned from her mom, Mary Baldwin, another master weaver.   Both Gabrielle and Adrienne are in their mid 20's, have a child, are expert weavers already, and say that they weave in order to provide for their children.   

Westerners sometimes come into the gallery and either make the statement or ask the question that Navajo weaving is fading away; there isn't anyone learning it anymore.   No young women want to weave anymore.  Gently, we lead those individuals  to the rugs of the Chester Sisters ... and that brings to a close  the notion that Navajo weaving is a fading-away art form.  

 

Gabrielle