Acrylic on watercolor paper
14 x 18"
Ñandutí is a woven needle lace so named for its resemblance to a "spider web" in Guarani, and has been crafted in Paraguay since colonial times. While this style of lace is based on Sol "sun" lace from 17th century Spain, it has developed into a uniquely Paraguayan art form marked by vivid color—typically yellow, pink, green, and blue—and a technique where the lace is made as one piece rather than consisting of individual motifs made separately and later joined together.

In traditional folklore, Ñandutí lace was created as an act of devotion and mourning, originating as a shroud made by a young girl who finds her lost beloved in a forest under a shimmering mantle of spider webs.
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