The Eagle and the Serpent: We Are no Longer the Same

Monumental Carpet

By Asociación de Amigos del MAP

Vista aérea de la pieza terminada (2020-11-13) by Alfombristas Mexicanos, A.C.Asociación de Amigos del MAP

The work of artisans from Huamantla, Tlaxcala, and made from corn cobs, grains and leaves, was inaugurated on the afternoon of Thursday, November 12 by the Secretary of Culture of Baja California at the Ensenada State Center for the Arts.

Boceto de alfombra "Águila y Serpiente" (2020-11) by Alfombristas Mexicanos, A.C.Asociación de Amigos del MAP

Alfombristas Mexicanos, Amigos MAP y Gobierno Estatal (2020-11-13) by Amigos MAPAsociación de Amigos del MAP

In a collaboration with the Museum of Popular Art, the Board of the Friends of the Popular Museum and the Association of Mexican Carpenters, the State Government, through the Secretariat of Culture of Baja California, consolidated the visit to the entity of artisans of Huamantla to exhibit, for the first time in the north of the country, the art of carpeting.

Noche previa a la inauguración (2020-11-12) by Amigos MAPAsociación de Amigos del MAP

Carpeting is part of the national cultural heritage, which represents the people of Huamantla and all the carpenters who generously and with conviction keep alive the tradition that identifies and makes them proud.

Miguel Angel Miranda, Director Ejecutivo Alfombistas Mexicanos (2020-11-13) by Alfombristas MexicanosAsociación de Amigos del MAP

Vista áerea de montaje (2020-11-13) by Alfombristas MexicanosAsociación de Amigos del MAP

Detalle de cabeza de águila (2020-11-13) by Amigos MAPAsociación de Amigos del MAP

Carpeting in Mexico arises from the perspective of the survival of a community. It is a current tradition in constant evolution, which is transformed according to the moment that society lives. Through a rug, the melting pot of visions that make up the culture of Mexico is expressed collectively, in the most sublime and beautiful way.

AmigosMAP junto con artesanos de "Águila y Serpiente" (2020-11-13)Asociación de Amigos del MAP

Cecilia Barbará de Moctezuma (2020-11-13) by Amigos MAPAsociación de Amigos del MAP

Inauguración de la alfombra monumental "Águila y Serpiente" (2020-11-13)Asociación de Amigos del MAP

The rugs in Huamantla portray the moment that a community lives, so the concept of the eagle and the serpent is a gesture of encouragement and certainty in the current difficult moments that we are living as humanity; saying "We are no longer the same" is because we have lived a moment of evolution and adaptation, represented by the eagle that takes flight and seeks more positive horizons.

Detalle de la serpiente de la alfombra monumental by Amigos MAPAsociación de Amigos del MAP

* In the greca or Mandala cornfields, pumpkin flowers and fauna such as butterflies, hummingbirds and frogs are represented. In this background we use gradient colors, starting in the center with warm tones such as yellow and orange; q transform to pink, violet and blue tones towards the outer part of the Mandala.
* The eagle is made with natural totomoxtle leaf, we choose leaves in white, beige, pink and purple tones (from natural corn from the region)
* The snake was made with dried corn stalk (chinamite) in its natural color.

Alfombra monumental: "Águila y la Serpiente: Ya no somos los mismos” (2020-11-13) by Alfombristas Mexicanos, A.C.Asociación de Amigos del MAP

Circular mandala that seeks to give a message of certainty, strength and unity in the face of the pandemic, where the eagle symbolizes the certainty and strength to take flight again, to get ahead.

Detalle de alfombra monumental (2020-11-13)Asociación de Amigos del MAP

Perspectiva de alfombra monumental (2020-11-13) by Gorosave FotoAsociación de Amigos del MAP

Project time until its inauguration: 8 months.
Preparation time of the work in the workshop: 4 weeks
Tailoring time on site: 8 days
20 Carpenters in workshop making
8 Carpeting on site
10 Volunteers in Ensenada
220 Corn on the cob = 200,000 Corn on the cob
700 Oloteras 50 cm in diameter
4,000 Totomoxtle Leaves

Credits: Story

Thanks:
Friends AssociationMAP
Miguel Angel Miranda Gorosave
Mexican Carpenters
Secretary of Culture of Baja California

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