Dorleen Gashweseoma makes three main types of textiles: sifter baskets (which are typically used for sifting grain), flags made out of rabbitbrush, and piki trays used to hold bread or cookies. She’s also started making some yucca purses.
“Yucca, a desert plant with spiky leaves that is related to the agave, is the most readily available weaving plant,” Gashweseoma said, so she uses it for most of her weaving projects. “Rabbitbrush and sumac can only be picked certain times a year, so they are not used as much.”
“The yucca — you can use that year-round, and you can pick that anytime except for December,” she said.