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Lola Cody with the woven wool rug that took Best of Show honors at the 2014 Santa Fe Indian Market.

Top Rug: Weaver Lola Cody Wins Best of Show at Santa Fe Indian Market

ICTMN Staff
8/23/14

Weaver Lola Cody, Navajo, has won the Best of Show award at the 2014 Santa Fe Indian Market for a massive rug that interim COO Dallin Maybee calls "incredibly impressive." The process of selecting the piece that will receive the show's top honor usually requires a few rounds of voting, but Cody's creation was picked on the first vote.

The 8' x 13'8" wool rug took two years to make, and Cody's son had to build an extra-large loom for his mother to work on. “It’s been a long journey,” Lola Cody told the Albuquerque Journal. "I had to give up a lot of things, to sacrifice to weave my rug." She stresses that the support and encouragement from her husband was key to completing the piece.

Here's the list of winners by classification

BEST OF CLASSIFICATION I: Jewelry
Gerald Lomaventema (Hopi)
BEST OF CLASSIFICATION II: Pottery
Chris Youngblood Cutler (Santa Clara Pueblo)
BEST OF CLASSIFICATION III: Paintings, Drawings, Graphics & Photography
Norma Howard (Choctaw/Chickasaw)
BEST OF CLASSIFICATION IV: Wooden Pueblo Figurative Carvings & Sculpture
Bryant Honyouti (Hopi)
BEST OF CLASSIFICATION V: Sculpture
Marvin Oliver (Quinault)
BEST OF CLASSIFICATION VI: Textiles
Lola Cody (Navajo)
BEST OF CLASSIFICATION VII: Diverse Arts
Babe & Carla Hemlock (Mohawk)
BEST OF CLASSIFICATION VIII: Beadwork & Quillwork
Joyce, Jessa Rae and Juanita Growing Thunder (Assiniboine/Sioux)
BEST OF CLASSIFICATION X: Moving Images
Sydney Freeland (Navajo)
BEST OF CLASSIFICATION XI: Basketry
Jeremy Frey (Passamaquoddy)

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