Embroidered coverlet (Colcha)

Doña Rosa Solís y Menéndez

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This bedcover was made in 1786 by Rosa Solís y Menéndez, who belonged to a prominent creole family from the Yucatan peninsula. Embroidered in bright-colored silk on a textured cotton ground, its lively imagery celebrates love and marriage. The elegantly dressed couple in the center of the coverlet probably represent Doña Rosa and her Spanish-born husband, Gabriel Milanés, whom she married in 1778. The background pattern of flowering vines upheld by trellises is a traditional symbol of marriage.

Embroidered coverlet (Colcha), Doña Rosa Solís y Menéndez, Cotton embroidered with silk, Mexican

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