The hot bright colors from Latin America continue to filter into the color trends of the US, along with the Day of the Dead, indigenous Mayan textiles, and Mexican folk art florals. It is a whirling melange of colors, like the ruffled and tiered skirts of Mexican dancers.
If you've visited places like Santa Fe, San Antonio, or Sedona, you've been exposed to Hispanic and Latino food and culture. Guacamole and Margaritas are ubiquitous, and restaurant chains like Chipotle and Qdoba spread the gospel of the Burrito from coast to coast. Lady Guadalupe spreads her garment of many floral colors, and invites us in to worship the divine beauty of the Rainbow.
There is a palette of colors that come from Mexico and Central America, which are being absorbed into mainstream culture. These are colors that make us smile, and put us in the mood for a Fiesta!
Hot Mexican Pink, Chili Pepper Red, Cactus Flower Pink, Mango Orange, Lime Green, Amethyst Purple, Golden Topaz and Turquoise are the colors of the jewels, flowers and spices of the Hispanic culture.
I used to design jewelry, and I took buying trips to Arizona and Brazil to look for colorful stones. Navajo turquoise, Golden Topaz from Ouro Preto, Amethyst from Belo Horizonte, and Colombian Emeralds were the colors that filled my dreams when I closed my eyes. The flowers and spices filled my senses in the markets, and I saw all these colors reflected in the fabrics worn by the local people. In the open markets, you experience the colors with all 5 senses!
When you work with these colors in your sewing studio, turn on some Latin music and let the rhythm move you!
The photo above was taken on my trip to Guatemala with Mission of Love, during the Cleft Palate Surgery Trip. This indigenous Mayan woman is showing her daughter how to hand-weave the brightly colored ikat yarn-dyes, for which Guatemala is famous.
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