Size: 80x150cm; 2.6x5ft
Weaver: Jacinto Gutierrez
Materials and methods: criollo sheep wool hand dyed with natural dyes: Yauhtli (tagetes lucida). Handwoven on a Zapotec style loom of the 16th century adapted from European styles. Woven using a 7 threads per inch reed using a wool/rayon blend for the warp.
Patterns and symbols: this design depicts vissions of the solar cross that come when we join our plane of existence with the sky or underworld awareness. Our ancestors talk about nine planes in the sky world and nine planes underworld when joined with our four direction awareness they add up to thirteen. On our physical awareness, life is expanding in all four directions, each direction has its own character and nature. Our ancient calendar reflected this nature giving each day a different direction. I read an astronomer speculate about this idea being a reflection of the magnetic effects of the sun on earth. We know that the sun's ecuator rotates faster than the north and south poles which creates a dance of magnetic fields that causes the flip of the poles in the south. Well, apparently this magnetic field dance creates a different imprint on solar radiation on earth so in practical terms ine could consider that the sun has four "magnetic poles" and this dance of the four magnetic poles affects life on earth. This maybe the reason why each day was assigned a different direction in our ancestral calendar in the Anahuac civilization. The key to life is to balance these pull in the four directions and move on the fifth direction which is the up/down: construction or deconstruction as necessary. Embrace chance and don't be afraid to build a life that is repectful of the energy flows and balances to maintain life's support systems. Don't be affraid to deconstruct whatever doesn't keep the delicate balance of life, our current production and consumption system needs a reality check as we face the issues of climate chaos, ocean acidification, biodiversity loss and a huge inequality of weatlh and community support for human beings.
We titled this rug Lucy in a Sky of Diamonds to refer to the counter culture of the sixties and the role that psychedelics changed the status quo and fueled new ideas for a better world. These teachings have been with us all along, if we only listen to the wise elders or if you meditate and stare at our rugs for a long time ;)
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