Butterfly DancersHandmade Geometric Wool Cushion Cover
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Wool and cotton cushion cover 'Butterfly Dancers' by Alberto Ruiz can be found in pillows & throws categories such as Geometric Cushion Covers and Wool Cushion Covers. Enjoy exploring these sections for other Novica treasures.
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40 cm H x 40 cm W x 0.5 cm D
15.75" H x 15.75" W x 0.2" D
- 100% wool, cotton back
- Cushion(s) not included
- Dry clean only
- Eco-Friendly: colored with organic dyes
"I especially like diamond motifs, as they represent a kind of maguey coat of arms seen at Monte Albán. They exemplify my Zapotec heritage."
"Hola! My name is Alberto Ruiz García and I'm from a town in Oaxaca dedicated to weaving. I am the fourth generation of my family to practice this craft. I remember as a child I watched my father working on the loom while my mother and grandmother carded and dyed the wool so that the men could weave it.
"First the sheep are sheared, and this is done twice a year. We pick out any twigs and burrs and wash the fleece. Then we card it with two large wire brushes so that it is soft and can be worked on a wooden spinning wheel. We wash it with amole, a plant that grows in the sierra. It releases a lot of foam, and in this way the wool doesn't lose its purity. If we washed it with commercial soaps, the wool would lose its shine and wouldn't absorb the natural dyes as well. This removes the impurities and natural grease. We then spin it and dye it with tints from the cochineal insect, pomegranate peel, bark from the huajal tree that thrives here, as well as oak and pecan bark. Stones, dried flowers, almost all the rocks and flowers here yield natural colors.
"To achieve the dyes, we soak the materials in a big pot of water and let it sit at least a month. Then we set it on the fire to boil. We immerse the hanks of yarn for half an hour and then we take them out to dry. The wool is washed once more to fix the colors.
"The long, narrow bobbins we use are made of reed, and we wind the yarn on them to weave it. We first warp the handloom, and then we begin to weave the rug. Depending on the size, it can take a long time to finish. A small rug can be made in two or three days, but a large one can take six weeks to weave.
"My wife and I work together in our home. We help each other, and in this way we can finish our rugs sooner. I especially like diamond motifs, as they represent a kind of maguey coat of arms seen at Monte Albán. They exemplify my Zapotec heritage."
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Today I received my ""Red Lightning"" rug - and I love it. The color, texture and pattern are simply lovely. Thank you Novica for bring such talent to such a broad worldwide audience!
I received my rug today and it is more beautiful than I imagined. I hung it on the wall straight away. The colors are rich and the craftsmanship superior. Thank you.
Just received my new rug and I absolutely love it. Muchos gracias! =)
My rug arrived today. It's gorgeous - beautiful colors and design. I'm thrilled with this purchase. Highly recommend Alberto Ruiz's work.
We love our new weaving by Alberto Ruiz midnight waves it's so beautiful the colors and pattern are soothing we hung it on our livingroom wall and I enjoy looking at it more every day.
New Meadows, Idaho USA
I am very pleased with the weaving ""Nature"" by Alberto Ruiz. The quality of this piece is exceptional. The colors especially are bright, lively, and work wonderfully together. I am in love with Zapotec weavings! Thank you, Mr. Ruiz.
Perth Western Australia
I have just received the Tequila Sunrise rug and am so happy with it - it looks wonderful on my newly painted white floorboards. Beautiful quality. Many thanks.
Santa Monica, CA United States
I recently purchased a rug, which was even more beautiful than the photograph. The quality of Alberto Ruiz's items are top rate. They also shipped very quickly with a lovely card of Guadelajara. I would highly recommend his work to others. Novica is great.
Gold Coast Australia
Received my rug this morning and it is beautiful thank you Alberto I love it. I will certainly keep an eye on your other rugs in the future.
I recently purchased 'Tequila Sunrise', a rug by Alberto. I love the colours and the life it brings to our living area. Thanks so much for producing something of such beauty and I look forward to making more purchases in the near future.
Hello, I've just received my order for a ""Fire"" rug by Alberto Ruiz -and I love it! Great color! Great composition! Great quality! Thanks you so very much! It will look terrific next to my other Alberto Ruiz carpet. :-)
Dear Alberto, I am excited with my purchase of the Color Fiesta rug ;))) It's lovely and colorful - it makes me smile whenever I set eyes or walk on it. I was wondering, what my husband would think of it, as I bought the rug as a 'thank you' gift for some dentist's job he has done for me. He loved it so much, he immediately decided to buy two more rugs made by your family (Fire Walk and Tequila Sunrise) to decorate our entire living room ;)))))) I would be happy to send you photos if you wish. Thanx ;)
Bolingbrook, Ill. USA
I have received my tapete made by Mr. Ruiz. I have visited Oaxaca for eleven years, and have purchased tapete from weavers there. I have not been for the past two years and have REALLY missed it. It is my favorite place to go.I love the colors and patterns of the tapete (and I have visited Monte Alban many times also). I even liked the way it was wrapped and packaged! I have been pleased with everything I have gotten so far through NOVICA. I hope to make future purchases of Mr. Ruiz's work. Muchas gracias.
san francisco del rincon, Guanajuato, Mexico
The rug we got from Alberto Ruiz was beautiful and the workmanship was wonderful, I would recommend his rugs to anyone.
Dear Alberto, The ""Summer Meadow"" rug we purchased from you is simply a feast for the eyes! We are thrilled with the quality of the wool, the beautiful colors and the complexity of the weaving. This was our first purchase from Novica and certainly will not be the last. We were pleased that the rug was packaged so beautifully and in such an environmentally responsible way. We wish you and your wife all the best and hope you will be able to beautify the world with your art for many years to come! Beth Good and Mark Weakland
We placed a custom order for a 7 foot square rug using the Earth Tones pattern and colors. The rug is gorgeous!! Alberto is certainly a master of his craft. We can't wait to start showing off our rug to family and friends. Muchas gracias!!
I recently purchased the Zapotec wool rug, Fish Fiesta, as a gift for a friend. She and I are both thrilled with the high quality of craftsmanship and the GLORIOUS colors and design. This rug is perfect. The weaving is tight, consistent, not lumpy, and the textures are wonderful. Thank you, Señor Ruiz!
The quality and colors of this rug are beautiful! It looks great in my home. Everything went very smoothly with the order. Thank you.
Burlington, Iowa USA
Today I received the gorgeous rug by Alberto Ruiz, ""Earth Seasons"". It is the prettiest rug I have ever seen. The colors on it are beautiful and the perfect mix of earth tones. It looks perfect in my home already tang up a play of pride.
Just received the purse I ordered from Senor Ruiz. It was nicely wrapped and just beautifully made. The colors were vibrant and exactly what I ordered. Thanks so much for such a quality product. I won't hesitate to shop with NOVICA and with Alberto Ruiz again.
Just received our 4 x 6.5 rug ""Earthen Sky"". Thank you so much Mr Ruiz. It is a wonderful rug and exactly what I have been searching for.
Received my ""Maize Harvest"" rug yesterday. I love the vibrant colors and the beautiful and meaningful symbolism woven into it. A beautiful piece of work! Thanks! I hope to add more of your work to my home!
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