Posted 6 years ago
This was found in a thrift store in Berlin, and I originally assumed it was eastern European because of the text reading "Zazpiak Bat." After doing a little research, I found that this is actually the official motto of the Basque region in Spain, where I'd spent a few weeks living and working last year.
"Zazpiak Bat" translates roughly as "The Seven are One," for the seven different Basque provinces. The Basque region is really fascinating in terms of its independent culture and separatist tendencies, and the culture definitely still feels very unique - unlike the rest of Spain or nearby France. The Basque language (or Euskara as it's called in the region) is completely isolated, one of the few remaining pre-Indo European languages in western Europe.
The central icon on this shows the coat of arms for the region (which includes the insignia for each of the 7 provinces) and is surrounded by other icons I can't identify, as well as four scenes of regional traditions (I assume). Not sure if this is a scarf or table covering since it's pretty large to be worn (about 3' x 3'), and not the softest feeling cotton material...any other input as to the specific depictions is welcomed!