|Eppie Archuleta woven cloth|
It seemed like felting with coir - and it was. This saddle blanket is made from .... hair. All kinds.
|A housewife of sorts ...|
This wallet like item was called a "housewife" and carried such useful items as needle and thread, maybe a button or two .. and was made by a wife, girlfriend or other significant female in the life of the soldier. When we got across to Bardstown KY it was amazing to learn that at least 400 women served on the front line of the Civil War - and Bardstown KY has a museum specifically honouring their contribution to the war effort.
Take a left at Fort Garland and head south through the San Luis Valley towards Taos, NM.
Leave the stunning mountain scenery behind and head into the vast, flat and sanity-challenging windy place that is the San Luis Valley. Imagine the wagons .. mile after endless mile ... the cold and the dry wind ... and altitude. It was, to us, exquisitely beautiful.
|La Lana Wools|
|Big buttes abound|