BLACK AND LITTLE WHITE PILLOW COVER
This snake brocade cushion handwoven on a backstrap loom by Tzozil women from Chiapas in Southwestern Mexico. Traditional garments such as huilipes and capes are adorned through brocading – a traditional practice which contributes to the renowned richness and complexity of the indigenous dress of Chiapas. In the Chiapatecan highlands, brocade is seen not only as an art form but as a sacrosanct ritual, passed down by gods and perfected by ancestors. These pieces exemplify the blending of a rich and ancient traditional craft with contemporary aesthetics and designs, with the result being truly Mexican products.
The backstrap loom is much smaller than its pedal-operated counterpart and consists mainly of strings, sticks and a strap that loops around the waist of the weaver – hence the name. In use, one end of the loom is tied to a tree or pole whilst the weaver maintains tension with the other end. This means of manufacture is far more versatile that the pedal loom, but is not capable of making pieces as large. Widely used throughout Central America since pre-Colombian times, the weaver works sitting on the floor or a bench, pulling a bar to and from her stomach. It is due to this that a weaver is often seen as ‘giving birth to her fabric.
For generations Chiapatecan women have woven and brocaded traditional garbs, with their intricate designs forming part of a complex cosmological representation. Diamond forms refer to the shape of earth and sky, whilst undulating lines symbolize the fertile earth and natural abundance. Three vertical lines connote ancestral figures, whilst more figurative representations are usually icons for the rain god who watches over earth and ensures fertility.
THIS ITEM IS ELIGIBLE FOR RETURN WITHIN 30 DAYS OF RECEIPT IF UNUSED AND IN ITS ORIGINAL CONDITION.
17.72 x 12.99 inches