Bacaal xhnià: red dreams

Size: 9x12ft

Weaver: Tomás Lazo Hipólito 

Materials and methods: criollo sheep wool hand dyed with bèè (Cochineal) in different shades and hues. 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. 

These shades of red represent all these streams of blood that are reuniting and coming together from all the four corners of the world; each tribe is bringing its own hue, texture, lived experience, knowledge, pain, trauma, etc... but in the union of them all, like an ocean, there is the immensity and calmness of the big human family that comes from those 10,000 individuals that left Africa and the ones that ended up staying there. This is the story of humanity woven in a rug, the diamond in the center (Quetzalcoatl's eye) represents the wisdom that is created with the union of all of our lived experiences when shared with each other, the best gift we can give or receive is to share our selves and our life's experiences with others.

The rug also depicts smile patterns, to remind us that smiling is the source of true healing, a change in our attitude is the first step towards healing. There are stripes that represent rivers, water, the ace of elements. And lastly we have stripes of fire, our grandfather fire, guiding us in this flowered path on earth so that our spuirits can blossom. 

 




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