Returning to Casita Colibrí last Sunday afternoon, I unlocked the door, set down my way-too-heavy backback, and, having been away for a month, I savored the scene my Oaxaca home presented. There was my new Tree of Life tapete hanging on the wall of my dining area looking like it had always been there; on the floor, separating living spaces, the beautiful mohair rug woven for me by Antonio Ruiz Gonzalez presided.
AND (drum roll, please), in front of the sofa, my most recent purchase — a stunning rug from Casa Cruz in Teotitlán del Valle.
Maria Luisa Mendoza, wife and partner of weaver Fidel Cruz Lazo, displaying their wares in their taller in Teotitlán del Valle.
Metates leaning against the wall, waiting to to be used to hand grind the natural dyes.
An array of some of their brilliantly colored naturally dyed yarns.
After much indecision on my part (they were all SO beautiful), Fidel displays my final choice.
My rug in its new home in the living room area of Casita Colibrí.
It wasn’t until I took this photo, that I realized the design on the cover of the book, The Colors of Casa Cruz, is the same as my new rug.
The yarns of my new rug were dyed using indigo, cochinilla, nuez (walnuts), musgo (moss), achiote (annatto), and cempazuchil (marigolds) and the primary design element is the diamond, representing the four cardinal points, and symbolizing the continuity of life.
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