Saturday, May 05, 2007

Cinco de Mayo 

The 5th of May celebrates a battle important in Mexican history. A good deal of that country's history has to do with influences caused by colonization and trade routes.

This is reflected in the embroidery of Mexico. Needlework south of the border shows influences of indigenous design, colonial Spanish influences as well as design elements and aesthetics of an early trading partner, China.

These diverse influences are nowhere more obvious than in samplers stitched in Mexico. Scattered on these samplers are endearing examples of local animals. Scorpions, exotic birds, native pigs, monkeys, and the little animal charted here. I have always wondered if it is perhaps an armadillo?

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That's a very glamorous thought, but what about a rat? You know how they are down there...and it could have something to do with luck and survival for them...
Love your blog.
Deb, I'm laughing at the keyboard. I think I've subconsciously been trying to avoid thinking of the rodent family. Thanks for the blog compliment.
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