Guatemala, Multicolores, “Heritage” Rug
“Heritage” Medium Rug by Glendy Emiliana Muj
This hand-hooked rug was designed and crafted by Glendy Emiliana Muj Mendoza, member and leader of the Patanatic rug hooking group. Glendy lives in Patanatic, Sololá, a rural Kaqchiquel Maya community in the highlands of Guatemala. Glendy describes her inspiration for this design: “In this rug I wanted to play with proportion, taking common and well-known motifs from our weavings and arranging them in new pattens. The bold triangles are arranged around diamond shapes, though usually they would be found adorning a collar. At the center, I designed a full traje in miniature-- the center of my design just as it is the center of our heritage.”
The artists of Multicolores began learning the rug-hooking technique in 2011. Rug-hooking is a traditional folk art not native to Guatemala. In their design process, artists blend ancestral motifs drawn from backstrap weavings, inspiration from the natural world, and their own imagination. The resulting textile artworks evoke both their Maya heritage and their contemporary, individual creative voice. This piece is unique and the design is entirely the result of the artist's creative vision. Dimensions: 81cm x 61cm
Fibre: This rug is made from recycled secondhand clothing, known in Guatemala as 'paca,' on hand-woven cotton base cloth, with a hand-stitched binding. This rug was made using 30-35 recycled garments, which are washed and cut into strips before being incorporated in the design. Material is not dyed during the making process. Recycled materials retain their original color.
This rug takes approximately 2 weeks to complete.
Stock level: 1 (one-of-a-kind item)