Wool and Cotton Cushion Cover, 'Butterfly Dancers' (Mexico)

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ITEM#: 21831957

Geometric motifs in vivid color evoke butterflies in the sunny sierra. Precisely woven on a traditional handloom, they attest to the skill of Alberto Ruiz. He works in wool, colored with natural dyes, to create a dazzling cushion cover. The plain cotton back features a slot opening to insert the cushion.

Product Features:
  • Worldstock Country: Mexico
  • Pillow Shape: Square
  • Product Features: Handmade
  • Material: Wool, Cotton
  • Style: Moroccan
  • Season or Holiday: All Seasons
  • Pattern: Stripe
  • Pillow Type: Accent
  • Size: 16 x 16
  • Color: Multi

Story Behind the Art:
Hola. My name is Alberto Ruiz Garcia and I'm from a town in Oaxaca dedicated to weaving. I am the fourth generation of my family to practice this craft. I remember as a child I watched my father working on the loom while my mother and grandmother carded and dyed the wool so that the men could weave it. First the sheep are sheared, and this is done twice a year. We pick out any twigs and burrs and wash the fleece. Then we card it with two large wire brushes so that it is soft and can be worked on a wooden spinning wheel. We wash it with amole, a plant that grows in the sierra. It releases a lot of foam, and in this way the wool doesn't lose its purity. If we washed it with commercial soaps, the wool would lose its shine and wouldn't absorb the natural dyes as well. This removes the impurities and natural grease. We then spin it and dye it with tints from the cochineal insect, pomegranate peel, bark from the huajal tree that thrives here, as well as oak and pecan bark. Stones, dried flowers, almost all the rocks and flowers here yield natural colors. To achieve the dyes, we soak the materials in a big pot of water and let it sit at least a month. Then we set it on the fire to boil. We immerse the hanks of yarn for half an hour and then we take them out to dry. The wool is washed once more to fix the colors. The long, narrow bobbins we use are made of reed, and we wind the yarn on them to weave it. We first warp the handloom, and then we begin to weave the rug. Depending on the size, it can take a long time to finish. A small rug can be made in two or three days, but a large one can take six weeks to weave. My wife and I work together in our home. We help each other, and in this way we can finish our rugs sooner. I especially like diamond motifs, as they represent a kind of maguey coat of arms seen at Monte Alban. They exemplify my Zapotec heritage.

What is Worldstock?

The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.

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Material Cotton, Wool
Pattern Stripe
Season or Holiday All Seasons
Pillow Shape Square
Color Multi
Country of Origin Mexico
Pillow Type Accent
Product Features Handmade
Worldstock Worldstock
Dimensions 15.75 inches high x 15.75 inches wide x 0.2 inches deep
Model Number 187881
Country of Origin Mexico

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