Annabelle Crank: Navajo Rug Weaver Extraordinaire

I first met Annabelle Crank several years ago while working with colleagues to bring indoor water and power to her very isolated home on the southern slopes of Navajo Mountain.  To get to her place you have to make several decisions at forks in the sandy road.  And occasionally, I seemed to pick the wrong one.

Annabelle Dying the Wool for Her Rugs

Annabelle Dying the Wool for Her Rugs

At the time, she was living with her mother (who was suffering from dementia and has since passed away) and her sister.  Annabelle was the only one of three who spoke much English.  While quite shy, she was always very congenial.  And it was always a pleasure to work on her house and workshop.

Annabelle Working on One of Her Rugs

Annabelle Working on One of Her Rugs

A couple of years ago, Annabelle’s sister developed breast cancer.  This, plus caring for her mother, resulting in Annabelle cutting back on her rug making.  Her sister’s cancer is now in remission, and so she is back making beautiful rugs.

Displaying One of Annabelle's Rugs at a Navajo Gathering

Displaying One of Annabelle’s Rugs at a Navajo Gathering

Annabelle makes her rugs from yarn that begins with her own goats, fleece that she carefully cards.  She also uses natural dyes.  Luckily we were able to improve the lighting in the indoor area where weaves.  Her rugs are made of earthy colors with traditional Navajo patterns.  And they are made with a great deal of loving care.

Annabelle's Goat

Annabelle’s Goat

Annabelle’s home is in a very beautiful, but isolated site.  It takes her about an hour-and-a-half to get to the nearest city of any size, Page AZ.  Her universe is very much the immediate area around her homesite.

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One Response to Annabelle Crank: Navajo Rug Weaver Extraordinaire

  1. Debra Holm says:

    Those are very nice rugs! I am trying to connect with a college roommate from 1973-75– Maybelle Crank. We attended Ricks College together. If she has married, her last name is probably not Crank anymore. If Annabelle knows Maybelle, would she be able to let Maybelle know my name and email address? I would certainly love to get in contact with her.

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