Size: 60x100cm; 2.x3ft
Master Weaver: Justino Martínez Mendoza
Materials and methods: criollo sheep wool hand dyed with natural dyes: Beè (Dactylopius coccus Costa, cochineal), Zacatlaxcalli (Cuscuta Tinctorea) and Xiuhquilitl (indigofera suffroticosa) and fermented Pomegranate for black. Handwoven on a Zapotec style loom of the 16th century adapted from European styles. Woven using a 7 threads per inch reed and wool rayon blend for warp.
Design, patterns and symbols.
This rug depicts the wonderful colors making use of natural dyed yarns in different shades and overdyes. Our ancestors believed that in the hours of dusk our perception is heightened as the sun enters the underworld and its spirits come out to the earth to roam and carry their business. Previous to the introduction of electricity in our village, in 1962, there were a lot more night spirits walking our streets and so their stories of encounter were much more common. There were nahuales, benigentil, matlacihuatl, beacullieæs, beæl guieæ, bisha'a among many others.
An average human eye can see about one million colours; single photons; galactic realms quintillions of miles distant using three types of cones and rod cells. The limits are photons with wavelenghts of 380 to 720 nanometers but what about all rest of the electromanetic spectrum that we cannot see? Our technology is enabling us to see and measure those other parts of the electromagnetic field but what about other ways of human perception? For instance, we can sense infrared energy with our skin but can we sense other wavelenghts?
How many colors can you see in this rug? I can tell you that there are alot more in the physical rug once you see it upclose!
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