Embroidered 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


This spread was probably made by Doña Rosa for her wedding trousseau. Omnipresent in woven and printed textiles of Europe and the Americas in this era, the embroidered pattern of parallel ribbons entwined with scrolling vines found its way onto Mexican ceramics as well.