Meet Ana Aguayo a cross-stitch and crochet designer from Lima, Peru whose designs are inspired by textiles and ceramics from the pre-Columbian region. Ana says the area also had a rich culture before it was colonized by the Spanish. Peru lies on the Pacific Coast of South America and is home to the Incan city of Machu Picchu, but Peru and the area around it was home to many more cultures and civilizations.
Listed below are some of Ana’s cross-stitch patterns and the cultures that inspired her designs. Please scroll down for a look at a few embedded posts from Ana’s Instagram for specifics from the original motifs and symbols.
Peruvian Flair cross-stitch patterns on Etsy:
- Sican/Lambayeque Bird
- Wari Tunic Cross Stitch Pattern
- Peruvian Cat’s Reflection
- Tokapu/Tocapu Sampler
- Chimu Love Birds
- Moche/Mochica Iconography
- Andean Women, Mujeres de la Sierra (Women of the Mountain)
- Butterflies Inca Laws
- Ai Apaec (Peruvian God), Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon) in the Peruvian city of Trujillo by the Mochica Moche people
- Pucara Bull or Torito de Pucara
Not only does Ana create designs inspired from antiquity, she also makes modern patterns to inspire her teenage daughter to cross-stitch. Ana’s Etsy looks like it now just has her Peruvian designs but see her Instagram or Flosstube #4 because the part of her trying to understand the use of her daughter’s “bruh” slang is too cute.
Ana is now a resident of Florida, and shares with us on YouTube the cross-stitch, needlepoint, and tapestries she saves from thrift stores. And for even more fiber arts, Ana takes classes like Andean Braiding. In this Instagram post, she says: “…braids and cords with intricate designs are still being used in everyday life as well as for decoration purposes. Delighted to get closer to my ancestors by learning and appreciating these textile techniques!”
Thanks to Ana for teaching, sharing, and inspiring! ¡Me encanta hacer punto de cruz! (I love to do cross-stitch!)
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