Guatemala, Multicolores/ Yolanda Churunel Ajú, "The Two Headed Eagle" Hand-Hooked Rug
This hand-hooked work of art was designed and crafted by Yolanda Churunel Ajú, member of the Chuacruz rug-hooking group. Yolanda lives in Chuacruz, Sololá, a Kaqchiquel Maya community in the highlands of Guatemala.
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 result is contemporary works of textile art that evoke both their Maya heritage and their individual creative voice. This piece is unique and the design is entirely the result of the artist's creative vision.
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 40-45 recycled garments, which are washed and cut into strips before being incorporated in the design.
Yolanda describes her inspiration for this design: "This rug is inspired by traje (traditional Mayan woven apparel) and the woven, geometric representations of the duck, the legendary two-headed eagle, and the rooster- with many smaller animals around the edges. The colors are inspired by an autumn afternoon, as the fog rolls in over the hills."
MEASUREMENTS 61 cm x 122 cm
Recycled secondhand clothing, hand-woven cotton base cloth. Material is not dyed during the making process. Recycled materials retain their original color. It takes up to 3 weeks to make a rug like this. This rug is unique (only 1 exists)
Ready to dispatch 14 days after order is placed.