Above: A loom at Centinela Traditional Arts, a weaving shop in Chimayó, New Mexico

On our drive north from Santa Fe, we stopped in the small weaving town of Chimayó hoping to find a handwoven tapestry in the traditional Chimayó style: stripes and a geometric center design in black and white set against a bold red background. We stopped in Ortega’s and Trujillo’s weaving stores but walked out empty-handed. Our final stop was Centinela Traditional Arts, a seventh-generation weaving shop owned by husband-and-wife team Irvin and Lisa Trujillo. I was greeted at the door by Irvin and led inside to a large high-ceilinged room with a traditional standing loom positioned directly under a skylight.

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