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Barbara Teller Ornelas & Lynda Teller Pete

Lynda Teller Pete and her sister Barbara Teller Ornelas are award-winning fifth-generation Navajo weavers. They are Tabaaha (Water Edge Clan) and born for the To’aheedliinii (Two Waters Flow Together Clan) from the Newcomb and Two Grey Hills area on the Navajo Nation. They have been teaching Navajo weaving together for over twenty years.

Weaving is a legacy in the Teller family. For over five generations, Grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunts, and cousins have produced award-winning rugs and have been featured in numerous publications.

Lynda and Barbara's mother, Ruth Teller's rug's were so prized that collectors often purchased them right off the loom. Needless to say, as children, Lynda & Barbara learned through observation. Their maternal Grandmother, Susie Tom and their paternal grandmother, Nellie Peshlakai Teller made sure their daughters and granddaughters learned the art of weaving. They emphasized many practices, such as respecting the loom, preparing one’s own wool via shearing, carding and spinning, the production and proper care of weaving tools, and paying attention to design elements, always emphasizing the importance of intricate patterns and colour combinations.

From a very young age, it was instilled in them the belief that beauty and harmony should be woven into every rug. Lynda and Barbara are known for weaving rugs in the traditional Two Grey Hills pattern. Identified primarily by a double-diamond layout, intricate geometric design using natural coloured, hand-carded and hand-spun wool. These finely woven rugs are known for their high weft counts