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embroidered tablecloth
  • Mexico
  • embroidered tablecloth, late 1900s–1990
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • cotton, embroidering, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 180 x 158 cm
    Object Length/Width: 70 7/8 x 62 3/16 in
  • Gift of Professor and Mrs. Roger Barker
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6731

The round cotton tablecloth has an unbleached cotton field, heavily embroidered with vibrantly colored animals and plants. There is a large bird in the center, and large birds around the perimeter, mostly alternating with four-legged animals. There are smaller animals and birds and flowers in the spaces between. The birds and animals are striped in a variety of colors: light orange, blue-green, dark pink, red, green, blue, pink, light green, dark blue, brown, and purple. The flowers are done generally in two colors for the petals with a contrasting colored center and constrasting colored leaves.