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Navajo Folk Art

Bazaar del Mundo’s Navajo Folk Art

Bazaar del Mundo has one of the best shops in San Diego for patrons to purchase Navajo folk art. Here, Old Town shoppers can find crafts of different kinds and colors, made of various materials, all with the distinctive, recognizable Navajo touch.

Navajo art has forged a special niche for itself in the world of traditional folk art. The artists, usually self- taught, use Navajo symbolism to show the life they see and hear around them. From the Navajo point of view, their art depicts reverent, realistic, personal, and often whimsical scenes of everyday life and communal traditions.

Here at Bazaar del Mundo, we sell rugs, pottery, baskets, and carvings made of wood, clay, or sandstone. Many objects are decorated with horse hair, wool, and leather, in addition to being hand painted. Some wood carvings are whimsical roadrunners wearing tennis shoes or, cowboys riding bucking buffaloes. Others are more traditional, like Indian bodies painted with Navajo symbols of stars and deserts.

Our rugs are woven by master weavers in the Navajo tradition. They show scenes of life on the reservation, visits to a trading post or; boys herding sheep. Some show trains chugging along. Other weavings are made into colorful pillows, perfect for your couch or bed.

Navajo pottery is covered with warm pitch from the pinon pine tree, which makes pots waterproof and shiny. It also preserves the deep, reddish color of the reservation clay, which is part of the attraction of this type of pottery. Navajo potters paint their pots with tableaus of rural scenes and animals.

All can be colorful, attractive additions to your home. Imagine a collection of humorous figurines or pots containing dried grasses decorating your mantelpiece. Imagine pillows and a warm Navajo blanket thrown across your couch, with a matching rug beneath. Imagine the set of fun Navajo wood toys you could give your children or grandchildren!.

These can all be yours with an exciting trip to Old Town’s Bazaar del Mundo. While you’re here, stop in for a delicious meal at Casa Guadalajara, our authentic Mexican restaurant next door.

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For more information call 619-296-3161.

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