Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Rags form fabric of tiny community of weavers.(Final)

Byline: Tracy Dingmann Journal Staff Writer

* Rug art born of frugality is revived to put village of Las Trampas on the map

An arts-and-crafts tradition born of frugality could help spark an economic revival in the tiny New Mexican village of Las Trampas.

In the early 1900s, the isolated residents of the mountain-bound village used every scrap of fabric they had, weaving rags into colorful rugs they used every day. The technique was perfected by accomplished weavers who couldn't afford costly wool and developed their own weaving techniques for rags.

But the rag-rug techniques were largely lost until about eight years ago, when artist Shelley Horton-Trippe established the Las Trampas Institute in her old adobe home. …

Log in to your account to read this article – and millions more.