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Embroidery

 

EMBROIDERY

The Mexican embroidery is one of the cultural treasures better kept by indigenous groups.

THE EMBROIDERY HAS ORIGINS IN THE PRE-HISPANIC MEXICO, WHICH DATES FROM 2500 B.C. TO 1521 B.C; WHEN THE SPANIARDS CONQUERED MEXICO. 

Many small indigenous communities have maintained the embroidery tradition, passing the knowledge from generation to generation. Because, the embroidery is so rooted into the Mexican traditions, you can find a broad diversity of embroidery styles, representing a geographical area or an ethnic group. The embroidery varies in material, shape, stitch, and motive.

The best part of the embroidery is its meaning or motive. The embroidery is made to communicate, and the meaning depends on the artisan´s imagination.  In some cases, the embroidery represents dreams, aspirations, or life stories. And in some other cases, the inspiration is the nature, plants or animals from that grow and live around of artisan´s village.

In some villages, the embroidery starts from growing the plants to produce threads to elaborate intricate and delicate embroidery. They do themselves every step to product a beautiful textile, which includes the recollection of plants and insects to make natural dyes. Unfortunately, only a few villages still preserve this knowledge. Most of the villages are now buying industrial threads, forgetting their environmental sustainable practices.