Gathering of the tribes: strength in numbers

Size: 76x200cm; 2.5x6.5ft

Master weaver: Mario Bautista Martínez

Materials and methods: criollo sheep wool and fine merino wool hand dyed with natural dyes: Bèé (Cochineal), Yauhtli (Tagetes Lucida) and Xiuhquilitl (Indigo). 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. 
Patterns and symbols.
This rug depicts the fifth pointed cross in a way that it expands the four directions internally (a diamond withing a cross) and externally by reaching to other fifth pointed crosses acrross the land and linking them wiht a path of light (knowledge) and love (support). We live in a time where all the tribes of the world need to come together to solve the greatest challenges of the world to maintain the delicate fabric of live in balance before the life support systems of the planet rupture forever. 


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