I really enjoy collecting different textiles which I display and use in my home, so it was only natural that I would bring in some great textiles to share with my classes. I tried to stress the significant amount of time, effort and design skills that textile artisans have. I passed around heavy wool woven textiles from the Zapotec Indians of Mexico, like the one shown below. I also showed fine woven Ikat textiles from Indonesia, also pictured below. The kids were interested in the patterns and origins of these pieces, and they also wanted to know how much I paid for each one and where I bought them. I find that Ebay is a good place to find reasonable yet nice quality authentic weavings.
Jacobo Mendoza with wife Maria Luisa and son Jacobito who wove the rug he is holding.
|A 19th Century Ikat weaving from Indonesia.|