This somewhat traditional blanket has alternate rows of rabbits and deer on and off bands of Cochineal Red and white. Cochineal comes from a parasitic insect living in Nopal cactus trees. A fable with a lesson for timid children: Outsmart your adversaries with your brains, as defenseless rabbits do….not with violence. The narrative in the design refers to a children’s fable of how the Deer stole their antlers from the Rabbits.
Other interesting and witty fables remain to be translated….further evidence the Maya used magical realism and a sense of humor mixed with common sense. Here, the central diamond shape is a reference to Maya shamanism and deference to authority of Maya elders. Borders on all four sides represent volcanos, a refererence to location. Then a Cosmovision practiced at sacred ‘windows’ into seven layers of the underworld by Maya shamen. 99.9% wool with cotton warp. 2 kilos , 68X80″