Galnaza'à: the joy of life

Size:130x200cm; 4.2x6.5ft

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 with exceptional tensile strenght therefore a thicker and sturdier rug than average.
Master Weaver: Annonymous for his/her request.
Patterns and symbols. 
This is a very finely woven rug with a lot of little details that convey the vibrant energy of our culture and the richness of our land. You could hang it to bring life to a wall or put it under a coffee table to enrich your living room. The colors will look great on wodden floors if in front of a chimney to bring color and festiveness during those cold winter days. 
This festive rug start with stripes of the smile pattern to remind us that laughing and smiling are the source of all healing. Then we have ten eye of the feather snake symbols that represent the balance of our four types of awareness as we seek knowledge and wisdom to guide our lives. The next block of patterns is a traditional composition of Cloud People symbols that start with the Agave pattern and rows of milpa (corn, beans and squash) plantation. Agave is the Queen of plants that give us all the gifts for a good life, from fiber, sugars to spirit drinks that elevate our own spirit so we can commune with the Gods and celebrate with our people during festivals and rituals.  You will find yellow seeds that are linked to each other with a line because we believe that plants do communicate with each other, as scientist explain, this is done by a network of micellium that acts as the internet of the biological world. In the center we have another two eyes of the Feather Snake energy in a more detailed form, we have two of this patterns to represent the duality of creation, the balance of day and night, masculine and femenine, left and right. 
The other set of patterns is the warrior life cycle symbol that remind us that we should always do the best we can in every situation and embrace death as our councelor, living life fully present, as if every act could be our last act on earth. 
The last pattern found in the decorating one of the two diamonds in the center is the shaman's journey towards the true face adn the true heart, the spiral like pattern that invites us to dive within to discover everything we already know in order to be happy. 

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