Shaá yu'ú? How are you grounded on earth?
Size: 126x186cm; 4.1x6.1ft
Weaver: Mario Bautista Martínez, Master weaver
Price: $ 1,200 USD.
Materials and methods: Beé (Dactylopius coccus costa, cochineal) for the red, salmon, pink and lilac. Pecans for grey/tan color. 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 was woven by my dad Mario Bautista during the dry season when the landscape is dry and barren and the seeds and plants await the much needed rains. On this dry land and with the winds of the end of February one can read the landscape and its energy flows, ants create a multitude of trails as they harvest leafs to feed the fungi they cultivate, a lot of times these ant trails are treated by largers animals such as rabbits and hare, deer as well as domesticated goats and cattle. These lines are energy efficient in their conception and often follow the contour of the landscape, they are an expression of the subtle magnetic fields that animals us to navigate the landscape, these are the original energy lines that guide our walk through the earth and its landscapes. At certain points the energy lines intersect and come together in certain ways that are so intricate that one can read a vortex of energy around sacred sites, plants and animals often help us read the environment in those subtle ways, if we take the time to stop and observe. The subtle five pointed diamont that is created with the lines in the rug refer to this sacred sites doted around our ancestral lands. Every place on earth has an energy field that is the result of the interaction of many beings and energy flows that must be acknoledged and respected when we move into a new place.
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