Size: 90x160cm approximately
Weaver: Jacinto Gutierrez
Price: $450 USD
Materials and methods: criollo sheep wool hand overdyed 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.
The eye of Quetzalcoátl in this pattern consists of a Diamond within a diamond, within a Diamond in a fractal-like pattern that represents the ever expanding awareness of the universe. The diamond pattern represents the balance of the four types of energy that were used to create the universe; e.g. the four elements, the four seasons, the four directions, etc. We weave this diamond to remind ourselves that a balanced life and the equal use of the four types of awareness will allow us to see the world through the eye of Quetzalcoatl and receive wisdom. The four types of awareness are: 1) Nahual, the awareness of dreams and intuition. 2) Tonal, the awareness of language and logic. 3) Quetzalli, the spiritual needs and pursuits. 4) Coatl, the earthly needs and pursuits.
Samuel decided to over dye these ponchos in a playful way using indigo because it makes the quintessential blue color of jeans used by cowbowys. Some how we always end up dyeing indigo late into the night, so the idea was to tie the rug in a way that made shapes of galaxies in a long stretch like the milky way which we call Gueaal, a word related to night, corn and destiny.