Sonia Ruiz – Country – Emblems
Country – Emblems/Icons/Motifs
Inspiration: The colors of the flag of my chosen country in traditional indigenous handwoven fabrics
The country I have chosen represents my parents homeland, the place of their births and my culture. A place filled with wonderful memories, beautiful colors, amazing music and wonderful celebrations.
I have created an abstract flag of Mexico (green/white/red) with traditional hand woven fabrics. The white is a commercial printed copy of the Otomi embroidery textile. Otomi embroidery became popular in the 1960s, when a severe drought forced farmers to find new sources of income. The Otomi people live in the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains in the central state of Hidalgo. Legend has it that the prints’ figures, birds, and animals were inspired by nearby cave drawings. I embroidered the center images to represent the eagle, cactus and snake emblem in the flag in cotton thread, I then free motion quilted it and bound it with organza ribbon.