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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
Not on view
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.
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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