Indian Market is an annual event in Santa Fe, featuring a week of trunk shows, museum events, demonstrations, and more and concluding with an enormous weekend art market of original jewelry, sculpture, painting, and weaving. This was my first time at Indian Market and I had a blast. The weekend show hours start at 7am and it’s wise to arrive early. It gets crowded by noon and parking becomes difficult. There were around 700 vendors at this year’s event.
One special event that I particularly enjoyed was a Navajo weaving demonstration at the Native Jackets shop on the plaza. The Navajo women who were there have been weaving most of their lives and most learned to weave from their mothers. In addition to the loom weaving, they also demonstrated the steps of how the raw wool becomes yarn to weave with. It was all fascinating – I have to get some instruction.
I didn’t attend the Friday evening reception and awards ceremony this year – something I will definitely do next year. It’s another opportunity to meet the artists and also to see the award winning pieces up close.