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INSPIRATION AND DESIGN

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As part of a Zapotec family, we have always been encouraged to be creative and appreciate natural beauty. Inspiration can be found everywhere in our Zapotec environment. The rich iconography of our ancestors' ancient symbols have been in our weavings for over 2000 years. The dramatic natural beauty of Oaxaca is also a source of inspiration for both traditional and contemporary designs. Our materials can stir our imagination and suggest new artistry.

Whatever the source of creative stimulus, inspiration is the first step towards creating a new weaving. Usually an idea is sketched out to give a general map on how to proceed. The cartoon, as it is called, can help determine colors and amount of yarn, the size of the weaving and other practical matters.

A strong requisite in our designs and art is that it must be original, authentic, sustainable, and use traditional natural materials.


• DESIGN

When we have an idea for a design, we usually draw it on paper first. This makes it easy to plan for the yarns, how it will lay on the loom, and to clarify details and discuss potential problems.


The sketch might be placed on or near the loom for reference when weaving.

The design on paper can serve as a guide for everything from winding bobbins to colors of yarn needed for the project.




PLEASE VIEW OUR VIDEO ON:

- The Ruins at Mitla (showing the same symbols in Zapotec architecture over 1000 years old)



• SYMBOLS

The symbols we use are inspired by Zapotec motifs seen on ruins dating back over 2000 years. We also draw inspiration from nature, spiritualism and the influence of early Spanish design.


The Cycle of Life: Each step in this pattern represents a stage of our lives, starting with the day we are born and going to our last days. The turning points symbolize death and passing on everything to a new generation, allowing a new cycle to begin.
Ojos de Dios (center of sample): The eyes of God watching and bringing light and blessings.
Fertility: The spike at the top of corn gives pollination to the ears of corn or maiz, the sacred food of the Zapotec.
Door to the Spirit World: The God's Eye symbol in the middle is the entrance to the spirit world and a sacred place of spirituality. The integrated symbols on the sides represent death receiving corn and lighted candles as offerings.
Sacred Necklace: In the time of our ancestors, corn, beans and squashes were sacred foods. Necklaces were made with their seeds to pay tribute the gods for blessings received.
Rain and Seeds: Rain in the diagonals passes by the seeds in the diamonds between the rain.
Abundance: This design represents the corn on the cob and pays tribute to abundant crops.
Lighted Candle: The ever-lighted candle is an offering of thanks to God.
Butterflies: Butterflies represent life after death and the transformation of souls from a worm that dies to become a winged beauty beginning their journey to the spirit world and then returning every year announcing the celebration of Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.
The Night Sky: Stars represent the eyes of the Gods expressing their love to those on mother earth.
The Walk of the Serpent: The walk of the serpent which is also the shape of the river, reveals the wisdom of our mother earth, accompanied by seeds in representation of life.
The Corn Plant: This sacred plant is represented in the three places that it occupies - roots in the underworld, leaves and seeds in the earthly world, and pollen spike in the celestial world. Each space holds its own significance.
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