Navajos' art of deliberate imperfection

I recently came across some beautiful findings that I wanted to share with you all. The Navajos, a native American tribe of South-west America, intentionally weave a 'flaw' into their rugs. If you look closely at the edges of many Navajo weavings, you will notice a single line that extends from the pattern to the textile's edge.

This line is called ch'ihónít'i, which translates as "spirit line". They believe that when weaving a rug, the weaver entwines a part of her being into the cloth. The spirit line allows the weaver's trapped spirit to escape when they're done with the textile manufacturing.

Navajos Spirit Line

The reason for this is because Navajos believe that God is perfect, and nothing on Earth can be perfect. So by creating a line they are purposely disassociating their spirit from the otherwise perfect pattern, while at the same time making it imperfect.

This deliberate imperfection by the Navajos is inspiring. We spend way too much time trying to fix small things in order to make them look perfect, that we miss out on the more important things in life. Creating a culture to allow for a few imperfections, can alleviate our soul in the same way the Navajos do.

Let's spend our time more wisely and focus on the more important things in our life? What say you?

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Love it, I just finished releasing a music CD and was driving myself crazy about some minor mistakes until my wife told me about the spirit line of the Navajos :0)

Flemming Oppenhagen Behrend September 21, 2021

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