Master Diné weaver Roy Kady is a staple part of the Flag Wool & Fiber Festival, from vending his yarns, scarves, and more, to instructing weaving and eco-printing. Currently, Roy has an extraordinary weaving available for purchase. Measuring 39 inches tall by 62 inches wide, I Rise is woven with 100% hand-vegetal dyed and natural colored Navajo-Churro yarns.
About Roy Roy Kady passionately weaves and creates with natural fibers to center himself in the cosmos of the universe. His ancestors, grandparents, and his Shimá (Mother) shared with him many stories that weaving was gifted to us in the creation world by Spider Man by taking the natural elements of the universe to construct the first loom and then teaching his counterpart Spider Woman about weaving a web of life. Roy raises a very special breed of Navajo-Churro sheep that was gifted to the Navajo people in the underworld. They have long dual fibers which make them very suitable for the fiber arts that he pursues, whether it be a utilitarian wearable or an art décor for the collector.
Roy’s designs are inspired by his natural surroundings—whether it is colors for his palette, natural fibers of the world, or stories that he has heard from the past and present. He hand processes all of the natural fibers that he creates with and grows several fibers to include in his art as well. He gathers plants to vegetal dye his fibers to create one of a kind woven pieces. His creations represent his heritage: traditions and the ever evolving Art of Navajo Weaving, considered to be one of the last primitive processes still created by hand.
Roy remembers sitting by his grandparents and watching them work with natural fibers; this was his first inspiration to someday become a fiber artist. He remembers wanting to learn the many beautiful processes of working with natural fibers, using our natural surroundings, and thus has been weaving since the age of nine.