Size: 4.2x6.5ft; 130x200cm
Materials ans methods: criollo sheep wool hand dyed with colorfast aniline dyes using an exhaustive method. Handwoven on a Zapotec style loom of the 16th century adapted from European styles. Woven using a 7 threads per inch reed.
Weaver: Gerardo Ruiz
Price: $910USD. Checkout price shown in $MXN pesos.
Design, Patterns and Symbols.
This rug was woven by Gerardo based on previous comissioned rugs that are exported to the southwest of Turtle Island (United States of America). Our lands have always had a trade connection with the Southwest, there are ancient trails that connected all the original cultures for the exchange of items, stories and knowledge. Corn seeds were exchanged back and forth to create varieties that are resitant to draught and produced tasty grains, our people took exotic Makaw and Quetzal feathers in exchange for exquisite precious stones such as turquoise. It is therefore not surprising that one of the theories aboyt Kokopelli states the following, taken from the wikipedia entry:
Kokopelli may have originally been a representation of Aztec traders, known as pochtecas, who may have traveled to this region from northern Mesoamerica. These traders brought their goods in sacks slung across their backs and this sack may have evolved into Kokopelli's familiar hump; some tribes consider Kokopelli to have been a trader. These men may also have used flutes to announce themselves as friendly as they approached a settlement. This origin is still in doubt, however, since the first known images of Kokopelli predate the major era of Mesoamerican-Ancestral Pueblo peoples trade by several hundred years, as well as the Aztec Empire and its pochtecas.
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