For this year’s challenge I chose to represent the country of Peru. For a symbol I chose the Andean cross, the “Chakana” which is a cross made up of equal arms, a superimposed square and a hole at its center. This forms a stepladder cross. Each set of three steps have their meaning:
-future, present, past
-heaven, earth, underworld
-peace, war, intelligence
The center hole represents Cusco, the center of the Inka Empire, it is also a portal through the different worlds. The four sides represent:
-north, south, east, west
-earth, water,fire, air
-the four big stars in the southern cross
-spring, summer, fall, winter
The twelve corners represent each month of the year.
My other symbol is the alpaca.
Materials and technique: cotton fabric, cotton batting, poly thread, embroidery thread, block printing. Machine pieced, machine quilted, bock printed, hand embroidery.