Duub laasa: agave love
Size: 250x300cm 8.2 by 9.8 ft
Weaver: Alfredo Santiago
Materials and methods: 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.
Design, patterns and symbols.
This rug, just like the agave symbol it portrays, took a very long time to be made. Thread by thread was woven, powered by solely the sun's energy gathered from the plants and animals that provided the materials and ebergy to dye and weave this gifts of the earth into a piece of art destined to enrich and uplift our spirit.
The agave plant, in this case Espadín, takes up to seven years to grow and reach maturity. After that, it shoots up a stalk towards the heavens, this stalk grows relatively fast, I bet you could see it growing day by day powered by sunlight in the form of complex sugars accumulated over a long time in the heart of the agave. This is why Mezcal made in the slow handcrafted ways tastes the best and gives you the Mezcal high, it doesn't get you drunk but makes you magical.
Well, in the same way Mezcal makes life magical , this rug won't fly you over to Oaxaca but it will help you elevate your spirit to the cosmos with the sacred geometry that is woven on it. The oposing agave pattern represent the energies and forms that complement each other: the union of heaven and earth in the mortal dream of all living beings. We encourage to sit on this rug and gather with friends to tell stories and be grounded on earth while your heart and spirit rises towards the sky with poetry and music, just like our ancestors dreamed. No wonder why the word for agave is the same sound as the word for feathers: Duub
Alfredo made this rug and is hoping to sell it to chip in for his sister's wedding expenses just like they did for his own wedding. So when you purchase this rug you also support a love story from far away lands.