Cotton batik wall hangings and accessories in Central America
"One doesn't need to be a millionaire in order to be successful in life. Rather, one must be prepared to work hard, be honest, and always reach the goals one sets for oneself.""I'm Rhina Rehmann from Los nacimientos hacienda in El Salvador. Since we offer educational tours for children who are interested in our work, I'm used to introducing myself by way of a story:
"Once upon a time there was a little girl with big black eyes and black, black hair which, when the sun went down, shone with blue undertones. That's why she was called Indigolocks. When she came into this world her father made sure she was surrounded with love, ensured her safety, and brought her up to be strong enough to face with confidence any danger in life. Being a hard working man, Indigolocks' father would wake up very early in the morning and work all day in order to provide for his family. Indigolocks grew up surrounded by love and her father's teachings.
"She learned, for example, that one must always be true to one's word. Indigolocks had always wanted to go to school in Switzerland and when she was 11 years old her father took her to Europe where she could learn about other cultures and languages. Indigolocks learned that despite their differences, people there strive to work together, avoid wars, respect their different religious beliefs and above all, she became aware of the importance of speaking different languages in order to understand how people from other countries think. She also learned that in order to succeed, one must be organized, presentable, and on time.
"Indigolocks returned to El Salvador after 13 years, and about that time her father inherited a Hacienda. She suggested to her father to turn into an agricultural venture, not just focusing on sugar cane. They decided to turn the land into a place free of synthetic insecticides and fertilizers and just use nature's extracts and green compost. That is, Indigolocks transformed the hacienda into an organic agricultural venture thus ensuring the welfare of those who worked there, as well as offering their customers healthier products with a richer taste and aroma.
"They began by planting indigo, sugar cane, pitaya fruit, cashews, ginger, bananas, terebinth, and more. Putting into practice her father’s teachings, Indigolocks began to research what kind of products they could make with the plants they harvested, which would allow her to offer more jobs to people in the community so they may provide for their families, have a roof over their heads, and be able to send their children to school.
"Their star product became the indigo plant, from which they were able to make a dye. Since Indigolocks had studied how her Maya ancestors had used indigo to dye threads, she began to replicate many of the glyphs from the ancient temples and dyed the weaves with indigo. The very first wall hanging she made was of the Maya merchant, which she still keeps at the Hacienda. She identifies with the theme, selling the products of the earth at the market.
"Now everyone working at the Hacienda knows how to obtain the blue dye from the green plant, and they have also learned how to craft different items which they then color with indigo. They also prepare banana sorbet, dehydrated banana slices, cashew and pitaya juices, cashew vinegar and wine, teberinth oil, lemon oil, ginger essence oil, and the fertilizers and insecticides are done with natural products.
"Indigolocks had to read a lot in order to prepare herself to be able to do all of this. She took many courses and surrounded herself with people who specialized in these areas so she could learn from them. That is why there is an agricultural engineer by name of Mardoqueo overseeing all the technical aspects of the hacienda, and Lucas who organizes all the different activities, and all the different people that contribute to the running of the Hacienda with their different skills and abilities.
"One doesn't need to be a millionaire in order to be successful in life. Rather, one must be prepared to work hard, be honest, and always reach the goals one sets for oneself."
11 items by Rhina Rehmann
Batik Cotton Wall Hanging in Prussian Blue from El Salvador
Pakal King, Batik Cotton Wall Hanging in Prussian Blue from El Salvador
Rhina RehmannPalenque is the name of an ancient Mayan city-state in Mexico, where a famous tomb resides within the confines of a pyramid. This cotton wall hanging recreates the images and characters depicted on...$299.99
Ah Ppolom Merchant
Batik Cotton Wall Hanging with Mayan Motifs from El Salvador
Ah Ppolom Merchant, Batik Cotton Wall Hanging with Mayan Motifs from El Salvador
Rhina RehmannDuring the times when European explorers began arriving on the shores of ancient Latin America, Mayan cultures throughout the continent enjoyed a great prosperity of mercantile life. An ah ppolom, or...$254.99
White Kites on Indigo Cotton Batik Hand Crafted Table Cloth
Sumpango Kites, White Kites on Indigo Cotton Batik Hand Crafted Table Cloth
Rhina Rehmann"I've always been fascinated by the giant kites that are flown in our sister country of Guatemala, specifically in Sumpango. This tablecloth is my way of uniting our beautiful neighboring...$179.99
Flower of Life
Flower of Life Indigo Cotton Batik Hand Crafted Tablecloth
Flower of Life, Flower of Life Indigo Cotton Batik Hand Crafted Tablecloth
Rhina RehmannFor this tablecloth Rhina Rehmann takes her inspiration from the millenary Flower of Life, found throughout the major religions of the world. It is interpreted as the connections that life weaves...$219.99
Flower of Paradise
Floral Batik Cotton Table Cloth from El Salvador
Flower of Paradise, Floral Batik Cotton Table Cloth from El Salvador
Rhina RehmannAt the center of this table cloth, a lovely flower in white contrasts with a body of indigo. El Salvador's Rhina Rehmann designs the tablecloth, applying the decoration using the batik resist...$199.99
Salvadoran Batik Cotton Floral Tablecloth in Prussian Blue
Flowery Feast, Salvadoran Batik Cotton Floral Tablecloth in Prussian Blue
Rhina RehmannWorking alongside nature, El Salvadorian designer Rhina Rehman is proud to present this cotton tablecloth. The tablecloth features beautifully realized floral motifs in white against a Prussian blue...$239.99
Women's Wallet in Cotton Dyed with Natural Indigo Dyes
Indigo Chiaroscuro, Women's Wallet in Cotton Dyed with Natural Indigo Dyes
Rhina Rehmann"This billfold is designed for those who want to carry their money and documents in style and organized," comments Rhina Rehmann. In a beautiful palette of natural indigo hues, the cotton...$49.99
Cotton batik wall hanging
Maya Offering, Cotton batik wall hanging
Rhina RehmannStanding on a kneeling person, a Maya priest brings an offering of a jade figurine to the sun god. "The original image decorates the sun temple in Palenque, the archaeological site in...$269.99
Maya Jaguar Dancer
Cotton batik wall hanging (Large)
Maya Jaguar Dancer, Cotton batik wall hanging (Large)
Rhina RehmannWearing a jaguar headdress and pants, a Maya dancer performs a dramatic dance surrounded by ancient glyphs. He represents the jaguar deity of the Maya, ruler of the Underworld, the realm of the dead....$189.99
Cotton batik wall hanging
King Pakal, Cotton batik wall hanging
Rhina RehmannDescending into the underworld, Pakal the Great is laid to rest in the Maya city of Palenque. His stone sarcophagus is masterfully detailed and replicated on this cotton wall hanging from Rhina...$299.99
The Door to Life
Cotton batik wall hanging
The Door to Life, Cotton batik wall hanging
Rhina RehmannReplicating the decorations on Maya funeral urns, Rhina Rehmann designs a wall hanging of admirable batik artistry. Sitting sideways, a man wearing an ornate headdress and golden accessories...$169.99
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"Absolutely stunning wall art"
I mean its beautiful. The detail, the material. Its the perfect size. I even checked closely to make sure this wasnt some digital print, the detail was so defined. Its the perfect piece to make me feel connected to my family and Central America.
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