Gueu'u: River spirit

Size: 40x100cm; 16in by 3ft

Weaver: Belen Bautista

Price: 140USD 
Materials and methods: criollo sheep wool spun in the mills of Tianguistengo. Hand dyed yarns by Leonor Lazo using natural dyes:  Xiuhquilitl (Indigofera Suffroticosa). 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 river spirits of timeless beings that roam our land both imparting gifts and knowledge but also death and calamity. The most popular of these beings is la Matlacihua and la Llorona, a beautiful woman that appears near rivers and lures  drunk men with her beauty and charmings until they find themselves drown. Other powerful beings known as Benigui'æ also appear to common people by rivers and bestow upon them visionary or healing powers.

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