Sara Natani of Table Mesa, NM, checks on spun wool class her class colored as a part of her vegetal dyeing class Tuesday for the weeklong Sheep Is Life celebration at Navajo Prepatory School. The event in its 13th year, is put on to honor the animal's significance. (Photo - Xavier Mascarenas, Farmington Daily Times)
by Alysa Landry - The (Farmington, NM) Daily Times
FARMINGTON, NM - The soft hum of a treadle spinning wheel set the soundtrack Tuesday at the annual "Sheep is Life" celebration at Navajo Preparatory School.
Feet firmly planted on the pedals of the spinning wheel, Sarah Natani let the silky strands of cashmere wool slip through her fingers while she joked with a small group of women.
"People ask how the wool gets to be orange," she said. "We tell them it comes from orange sheep. They ask where we get orange sheep, and we tell them you feed them lots of carrots. A lot of people believe us."
Natani, of Table Mesa, is teaching a vegetal dyeing class at the week-long event. The "Sheep is Life" celebration, in its 13th year, is a way to honor the animal's significance.