Dia De Los Muertos is a orimarily Mexican and American Southwest ancestor holiday, where elaborate altars are made celebrating the beloved dead, family parties are held at gravesites and special rituals and ceremonies are performed. The belief is that the spirits of our dead ancestors come to visit on this day, and we should honor and welcome them.
I made this quilt several years ago about this holiday. It is called "Bone Deep Remembrance". The chrysanthemum is the flower of the holiday. Mine were made with several layers of hand-dyed cotton, stitched just in the center.
The bone skull beads were so cool the way they came, that I left them in strands and attached them loosely to the quilt surface.
The four ancestors represent each of my four grandparents, I used the same skull picture which was printed out on silk. Several of the fabrics for the hats and scarves were from my grandmother's fabric stash that I inherited.