Author: centinelachimayoweavers

Lisa Trujillo is a weaver, spinner, and knitter at Centinela Traditional Arts in Chimayo, New Mexico.

Vallero

The Vallero is the first design within our tradition that actually develops here in Northern New Mexico. It’s named after the beautiful mountain town of El Valle, where there were a number of weavers who had the respected skill of being able to weave these distinctive textiles.  The oldest of these use commercial plied yarns,…

Sheep and Wool

The breed of sheep brought by the Spanish to New Mexico is called Navajo-Churro or Churro. It is a hardy breed, well suited to the extremes of our local climate and terrain. It is common for churro to bear twins, which would certainly be advantageous from the point of view of hungry sheep owners.  Its…

Spanish Market 2014

We have participated in Spanish Market for a very long time.  Irvin’s first Market was in 1976, and Lisa started in 1982.  It was under the two portals, at the Palace of the Governors and on the east side of the Plaza, on Old Santa Fe Trail.  There are only a handful of us who…

Chimayo

Chimayo is the style that Irvin and Lisa learned first, before learning to weave the older parts of the tradition.  There is a logic and a mindset that is central to weaving the Chimayo style.  And there’s all of that going back and forth between shuttle weaving and tapestry weaving.  It may be the first…