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Some young artists in New Mexico are
learning the art taught to them by their relatives. Along with
about fifty other young people, they display and sell their art
each year at the traditional Spanish Market in Santa Fe.
At a young age, Daniel and Eleazar Martinez began
helping their mother count rows of yarn on her loom. Then the
boys learned to colour the hand-spun yarns with dyes made from
plants. Now the boys spend hours every day at their homes in
Chimayo, weaving their own small pieces. They use the striped
designs that have been part of the Rio Grande weaving style for
over 400 years.
In Santa Fe,
Marcial Rodriguez makes small, geometric designs with tiny
pieces of straw, just the way his grandparents have done for
over 60 years. He cuts the pieces of black, white, and natural-coloured
straw to exact lengths. Then he lays them side by side in a
small wood frame to form triangles, lines, and squares.
Marcialís designs mainly come from his own imagination, but
sometimes he gets an idea from stories that his grandfather
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1. Daniel and Eleazar Martinez probably learned weaving by
reading a book
B. taking a class at school
C. visiting the Spanish Market
D. watching their mother work
2. Why are these young men learning how to weave?
they have no choice
it is a source of income
it is a hobby
to keep busy