Detail of panuelo for Iyawo Stacy’s Oshun.
Silk, sequin trim, gold trim. 2012.
Panuelos are a traditional fabric decorative art in the Lukumi religion (also known as Santeria). They are made to cover the vessels (soperas or tinajas) that the Orisha live in, and are usually used on special occasions, such as the anniversary of a priest’s initiation (Ocha Birthday) or on an Orisha’s feast day. Panuelos are one of several traditional arts practices in the Lukumi religion.
Oshun is the Orisha of the River and all sweet waters (fresh water), love, sensuality, sexuality, power, money, witchcraft, and the arts. She is the Orisha that owns my head, and I was initiated as a priest (Olorisha) of Oshun in September 2010.