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Collection Highlight E424175: Samples, Weaving Process

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What is this particular weaving going to be when it’s finished? A coiled basket, perhaps like this one (E424170)! 

While many of the objects in the arctic ethnology collections were made a century, or more, ago there are a number of objects made and collected much more recently that have a great deal of contextual information. Here’s one example: five textile samples that illustrate different steps in the weaving process! These samples were created by Yup’ik weaver Emily Talavera, 36, of Mekoryuk, Nunavak Island, Alaska and were collected by and donated to the museum in 1984 by Ms. Eleanor Klingel. Works-in-progress like this help not only museum staff, but members of indigenous groups as well, investigate how objects have traditionally been made by artists and crafts-people through time.

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