Thursday, August 21, 2008

Paraguayan Ñandutí

This is a very interesting textile from Paraguay, near the Iguazú Falls in the north of Argentina. My family traveled there after I had left to finish high school in Michigan. (One of the [few] disadvantages to being the first kid in the family.)


This piece is a kind of Tenerife (named for the city in the Canary Islands where it is popular) lace with a large center medallion, surrounded by 8 smaller medallions in 4 different patterns. Then there are additional filling motifs surrounding those. My mom mounted it on a metal ring with the colored background... I think it shows up beautifully. This piece, unfortunately, is not mine, and will not be mine. My sister has asked for it. Here is a detail picture of the center and a couple of the surrounding motifs:


The picture isn't perfectly clear, but you can get an idea of the delicacy and the beauty of this work.

We adopted a golden retriever puppy yesterday. His name is Jake. Yes, you are correct, we are nuts! I will post pictures in the future. I have been spending my vacation stitching and listening to audio books, and I am enjoying it thoroughly. I just finished the C.S. Lewis trilogy "Out of the Silent Planet," "Perelandra," and "That Hideous Strength." I love those books!