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Wedding Coverlet (Colcha)

Maker:
Doña Rosa Solís y Menéndez
Date:
1786
Geography:
Made in Mérida, Mexico
Culture:
Mexican
Medium:
Cotton embroidered with silk
Dimensions:
100 x 73 in. (254 x 185.4 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Purchase, Everfast Fabrics Inc. Gift, 1971
Accession Number:
1971.20
Not on view
Doña Rosa Solís Y Menéndez embroidered this coverlet, or colcha, to celebrate a wedding. As the makers of the majority of textiles from the Americas remain unknown, it is remarkable that we know her name, where she resided, and the date of its production. The Chinese silk used for the embroidery, colored with European and American dyes (the yellow is weld and the bright pink is cochineal) is stitched on Mexican-woven cotton, providing evidence of the global enterprise and ingenuity of the era.
Inscription: inscribed: FABRICA DE DOÑA ROSA SOLIS Y MENEN[D/E]Z EN MERIDA DE YUCATAN EN QUATRO DE HENERO DEL AÑO DE MIL SETECIENTOS OCHENTA Y 6.
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