La Vibora de La Mar by Cristina Barriga

La Vibora de La Mar by Cristina Barriga


These stunning pillow cases are created by different women from a collective in Santa Cruz, which is located in the P'urepecha Plateau of Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico.  The P'urepecha of this region create incredible handicrafts, including these lovely scenes that are hand embroidered onto tapestries, pillow cases, tea towels, clothing, rebozos, purses and change purses.  Depicting rural lifestyle, the themes vary from Butterfly Fishermen on Lake Patzcuaro, illustrations of cemeteries during Dia de Muertos, life on the ranch, and many dances, including the Dance of the Fish, Dance of the Bull and the Dance of the Old Men.

La Vibora de La Mar means Sea Snake, and is a tradition at Mexican weddings.  The dance starts with the guests holding hands in a circle around the newlyweds, eventually concluding with the Bride and Groom standing on chairs facing one another, and creating a bridge with the brides veil.  The single ladies and single men then create a line, and each dances through separately.  

Dancing is a prominent feature of all Mexican celebrations, and weddings are no exception.  This beautiful piece makes a beautiful gift for newlyweds.


Jennifer Bjarnason - Proprietress