Zapotec Weaving Long Table Runner
"The Cloud People" or the Zapotecs have been making art in the Oaxacan valley (Mexico) for over 5,000 years and one of the most enduring elements of their culture is the Zapotec weaving technique. The woven creations are traditionally made with hand carded and hand-spun wool. Cotton was the primary source for fibers until the Spanish introduced sheep to the area and their wool.
Dyes and colors are made the old way using everything from vegetables to insects. The cochineal is an insect, the size of a grain of rice, used to derive a vibrant red. Wild marigolds indigenous to Mexico were used for bright yellows and oranges, mesquite for blacks, pecan shells for browns and even lichen for greens. Other sources include black sapote (species of persimmon fruit), mango, lemon and paricon (Mexican tarragon).
Designs are usually geometric shapes that carry meanings -"Greca" "pluma" (feather), "trenza" (braid), "lluvia" (rain) - are common themes.
Traditional, beautiful not only to the eyes but also to the touch.
15 1/2" W x 78" L