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 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.