Ru'ur duub: agave framed.
Size: 80x150cm; 2.6x5ft
Weaver: Jacinto Gutierrez
Price: $540 USD
Materials and methods: criollo sheep wool hand dyed with 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 has a frame made of agave plants, the agave is the mother of plants for our civilization; before corn was used as a staple in our diet, our ancestors gathered the hearts of this plant to cook for food. Duub (agaves)are the queen of plants, its leaves are used to make the ropes and twines for hunting gathering while the thorns are used for a myriad of projects for their strength and sharpeness. The ancestral skin paintings (tattoes) are made with agave thorns, still to this day. The Quiote, the stalk of the plant could have been used to make the famous "Mayan trumpet" a kind of didgeridoo as depicted in Mayan mural paintings. In our village the stalk is used to make traditiona drums. Agaves are incredibly resillient to weather variations, this year we noticed that they are doing pretty well in spite of torrential rains concentrated in the early summer and a long dry speel over winter and spring, as long as we keep our soil fertile without the use of herbicided and pesticides we can assure that the agave will continue to support our culture it its cultivation doesn't end up becoming a monoculture of one type of agave used as a a cash crop for the boomingn Mezcal business.
The key is always to seek a balance, as it is taught by our elders when we learn about the Benigulaas, the people of matured hearts of the ancient past.
The eye of the Bealguieæ is shown in the middle as a diamond, whitin a diamond parting from a butterfly of wisdom and love. This geometrical nesting of diamond shapes represents the growth of our awareness and the self awareness of the universe that creates itself to know itself. This figure is balanced in the four directions to represent growth in the four planes of existence: earthly, spiritual, intuition/dreams, and language/logic.