Kokopelli is part of the history of South, Latin, and North American lore. In some stories he is a hunchback; in some he carries a sack or child on his back. Kokopelli represents fertility among the Hopi and Zuni: the promise of corn, squash, and children. But Kokopelli has also come to represent the Southwest. The silhouette of Kokopelli is found in Native jewery, modern tee shirts, and everything in between throughout the Southwestern U.S.
The Southwest is a place I love: my home away from home. It was fun collecting Southwestern fabrics in Tucson for this project, even if their symbolism is not evident in the prairie corners I have used to border my apron's skirt and sun pocket. Bright colors are evident in sun-drenched climates. How appropriate to wear my apron, whether preparing tamales, Navajo fry bread, or grilled steak.
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