a mistake is just a moment in time

Posted: February 19th, 2017 | No Comments »
Navajo Pictorial Textile with Masonic Symbol. Courtesy of Shiprock Santa Fe

Navajo Pictorial Textile with Masonic Symbol. Courtesy of Shiprock Santa Fe.

been rolling around in my mind — a post discussing imperfections in navajo rugs:

I asked him [Jamie Ross, dealer of Navajo rugs] why a lot of the rugs seemed to have mistakes woven into the patterns. Obvious distortions in the patterns, stray lines, or a shape that was just a bit off compared to the other shapes in the piece.

He said there are many explanations. One popular one is that the Navajo intentionally weave mistakes into their rugs to remind them that man isn’t perfect. That sensibility can also be found in the Wabi-sabi art of Japan.

But he preferred another explanation. He said the mistakes weren’t intentional. What was intentional was the desire not to go back and fix them.

He said the Navajo saw mistakes as moments in time. And since you can’t change time, why try to change a mistake that already happened? The mistake is already woven into the fabric of time. It’s good to be reminded of it when you look back.



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