When the sun sets over the Oaxaca sky it tinges it an incandescent shade of red, like the one Alberto Ruiz selects for this Zapotec rug. He uses natural dyes to color the wool before weaving on a traditional loom.
About the Artist: Alberto Ruiz Garcia is the fourth generation in a family dedicated to weaving Zapotec rugs. 'I remember as a child watching my father working on the loom while my mother and grandmother carded and dyed the wool so that the men could weave it. We shear the wool, 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.'
The Alberto Ruiz Artisan Collection is brought to you by Novica in Association with National Geographic. This beautiful piece was handcrafted by Alberto Ruiz in Mexico. An artisan story card will be included with your purchase.
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Crossing fields of red in neat
bands, pyramids, temples and mountains appear in the glow of dawn. Inspired by Navajo designs, Alberto Ruiz and his wife weave a beautiful Zapotec rug on the handloom. Because each rug is individually woven, measurements could vary ...
Each color I use comes from
natural dyes and has a particular symbolism, explains Zapotec weaver Alberto Ruiz. "The colors are meant to replicate nature, so grays resemble cloudy days, green the Oaxaca hills in the summer time, and red reflects our sunsets." ...
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