Lana Dura – Sheep Wool Textiles from El Prado, New Mexico

Minna White is the creator of rugs, wall hangings, and other textiles made with a felting process that combines wool from different colored sheep into organic, abstract designs recalling Kandinsky or Miro.


I visited her studio with a beautiful view in El Prado near Taos, where she works with long-haired out coats of the Navajo-Churro, or Churro, sheep, a breed that was brought to North America in the 16th century by Spanish colonists. The sheep can be black, white, a variety of browns and grays, even striped. White does not dye the wool but cards it and uses the natural colors in a felting process to create her soft, thick textiles.

Her process can be found here: