Yei II Counted Cross Stitch Kit: Rugs of the Southwest Series
The “Yei” (pronounced “yea”) is a stylized Navajo diety which came from sandpainting designs of religious healing ceremonies. When used in a rug context, however, the Yei is symbolic and has no specific religious meaning. Will Evans, the trader at Shiprock ( town in the northwest corner of New Mexico on the San Juan River) from 1912–1948, is credited with the development of the style.
The rug has slender, front-facing figures often surrounded by a border-like element, the Rainbow Goddess (a guardian to protect the contents of the space). Often incorporated are cornstalks (one of the 4 sacred plants of the Navajo in addition to squash, tobacco and beans), arrows and feathers.
The Yei rug is different from the Yeibeichi style which characterizes side views of a line of dancers.
Bright colors are often used and the rug lends itself as a wall hanging.
Finished design size: 11′ x 7″