Navajo Handwoven Yei Rug
Navajo handwoven Yei rug woven by Christy Begay. Yei rugs are tall, elongated spirits which represent protection. In each hand they are holding prayer sticks. In a properly conducted ceremony it is believed to restore mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health; between the Yei's cornstalks, feathers and arrows may appear, and a Rainbow Guardian often surrounds and protects the figures on three sides. Usually, the long body of the “rainbow yei” surrounds them .This particular rug has been woven with commercially dyed wool which the weaver has re-washed and re-spun.