Size: 66x103cm; 26x40.5in
A collectors tapestry piece woven by my cousin Justino Martinez Mendoza using hemp warp, wool weft mixed with henequen all dyed with natural dyes. Justino is an multiple award winning weaver, his wall in the sacred room of his house is plastered with state and national awards, he is definitely a rising talent in the Zapotec weaving community. Many local rug dealers seek his work and international textile collectors are adding his weavings to their private collections.
This tree of life depicts the Military Macaw (Aris Militaris) a sacred bird that would communicate the rain patterns and predict future harvests. This Sacred Macaw is depicted in Eastern wall of the Red Temple in Cacaxtla, Tlaxcala. The bird was depicted landing on a cocoa tree that emerge from a blue serpent next to the corn plant; in this scene there is an elder Jaguar Nahual who is taking part of this energy flow of the water (color blue). We know that this species of Macaw is in the endangered species list and is a key indicator species of the health of our ecosystems. Our elders left prophecies that there will be days where the corn will not be able to grow and produce enough grain to feed our people, just like the Macaw bird we depend on the balance of the water cycle for our milpa to flourish and the tree of life to keep alive. We are going to rely on the deep roots of the tree of life to survive climate change. We ask developed countries to stop monocultures and turn to agroforestry for the production of food for the world population, this is the only way to sustain the balance of heaven and earth.
Our food systems should be designed to feed not just humans but the whole environment, and in doing so our allies join us in keeping these balance. The other little birds depicted we call Maíin Ru'u Zaa, the birds next to the clouds, we believe that these birds fly around the clouds and gather them for the rain to fall. The wood pecker appears in Myths and stories as the character that digs into the harder bodies and stuffs to find the teachings and treasures of creation.
This rug is inspired in the ancient understanding of the tree of life common to many cultures around the world. The ancient believe system of the Mexica people teaches that the universe was split in two parts to create the current world, the goddess Cipactli was pulled by the brothers Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca to make the earth and the sky and in order to keep them from collapsing again they planted four trees in each corner of the world with a central tree in the middle.
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