Size: 130x200cm; 4.2x6.5ft
Weaver: Asunción Hernández Lazo
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Materials ans methods: criollo sheep wool in its natural color for the background and hand dyed with colorfast aniline dyes using an exhaustive method for the black. Handwoven on a Zapotec style loom of the 16th century adapted from European styles. Woven using a 7 threads per inch reed.
Design, patterns and symbols.
This rug depicts the three sister seeds corn beans and squash that make the milpa food system. Each plant supports each other by creating a mutually nurturing ecosystem. The corn plant is a grass that fixes phosphorus on the ground and provides a structure for the bean plant to climb up and get more sunlight; in return the bean plant fixes nitrogen on the soil. The pumpking plants provide ground coverage that suppresses weed growth. These three seeds allow a good system to thrive and many other wild edible and medicinal plants to grow.
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