Someone once described Rosa Rosales' weaving as Healing Cloth. Perhaps it is the medicinal properties of the plant dyes, perhaps it is her own graceful self.
She designs and weaves her rebozos in collaboration with a friend who dyes the threads from locally gathered plant material. This same friend is also one of the few women who creates her own jaspe, included as the central panel in this beautiful rebozo. The jaspe panels depict traditional Maya designs: Corn Plants, Pine trees & Geometric Figures. The dyes used in this piece are from avocado skins, the pericon plant (St. John's Wort) and the deep green is from the sacred tree Palo de Pito (Coral Tree or Whistle Tree). I can see the striking red blooms from a Palo de Pito tree 15 feet from my front porch.
Dimensions: 78" L x 19½" W excluding fringe.
Colors: Deep Green alternating with various shades of Earth Tone Browns
Material: 100% Cotton with locally gathered plant dyes
Care: Hand Wash Cold. Line dry. Iron Low if needed
Backstrap Loom Woven, of course!
This shawl was created by Master Maya weaver Rosa Rosales. Click below to read more about this champion weaver!