Modern New Mexican Weaving

Linda Giesen's wall hanging

New Mexico’s weaving history is a long and varied one, steeped in tradition. From the traditional weaving of the Puebloan and Diné peoples to the contemporary tapestry work found in galleries throughout Chimayó, Taos, and Santa Fe, New Mexico is a weaver’s desert paradise.


In honor of New Mexico’s rich weaving heritage, the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, New Mexico is hosting the exhibit Mesilla Valley Weavers: Threads Through Time.

This new exhibit features fourty-four handwoven works from the Mesilla Valley Weavers Guild. Items on display include garments, baskets, wallhangings (including the one by Linda Giesen seen at left), and more.

In February the museum is also hosting a two-day children's weaving class taught by local fiber artist Ric Rao. The weavings will be on display until March 31, and more information on the exhibit, signing up for the children's class, and visiting the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum can be found on the museum's website

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