Images of rabbits might refer to ancient Maya children’s fables starring bunnies. In oral history the charismatic and wily hippity-hopping friend has no natural defenses of his own. He raises the idea to youngsters they can use their wits rather than force to out-smart trouble-makers.
Here in an anonymous weaver’s variation, we find rabbits and dancing women celebrating in a squash festival. Rabbits appear as pets in family garden yards along with ducks, chickens, guardian watchdogs, not in family diets. Their short fur never appears in thread for weaving.
A sacred Quetzal bird dead center within a traditional diamond. The botanical string are squash. A jagged border of volcanos frame the composition, placing the cultural location in the central highlands of Guatemala. Maya in the linguistic group Quiche, are the largest of 24 indigenous Maya language groups still in use in Guatemala.
One hundred years before Contact with Spain 1400-1500, the Maya Quiche were militarily the largest and most active.
This blanket is typical in its symbolic elements, but not in the unusual way they are combined here. As all these blankets are woven by hand, no two will be alike except by intention. We resist a temptation to read too much into the design. Just enjoy them. 100% wool. In the case of blankets in black and vivid orange from the inside of a bark of a local tree. Then black and red are traditionally a “boy’s blanket” gifted from a grandmother around age of puberty..reasonable if they saw such tone combinations in the the way we do, in terms of conflict and contradiction. Wrap this around you on a cool rainy afternoon, its wool fibers retain their lanolin, can knock you out in a bubble of your own trapped body heat.