OAXACA - Bordado de Tehuana
In San Lucas Ojitlán, Oaxaca the Chinantec culture stands out for its incredibly colorful designs in which red, pink, and purple predominate. Additionally, their embroideries reflect aspects of their worldview, from the origin of the universe to the duality of life and death. In Tehuana costumes, the "cadenilla" embroidery technique uses chains attached to dark velvet canvases to depict flowers of different sizes, colors, and shades. Tehuana huipiles and suits, which are traditional to the Isthmus, are decorated with these flowers. Would you ever like to travel to Oaxaca? Check out our blog where we talk about all the fun things to do there. Click here to read now!
CHIAPAS - Bordado Tsotsil
In Chiapas there is a great embroidery culture in different regions. The Tsotsil community in Zinacantan is famous for backstrap loom weaving with designs on huipiles, shirts, and napkins. These textile crafts have an important Mayan influence and combine different colors, shapes and symbols. Aguacatenango's Tzeltal weavers use backstrap looms to weave white blouses, dresses, nightgowns, tablecloths and pants. In this mural, rhombuses represent the cosmos and animals like snakes, toads, and scorpions. The flowers are decorated with vibrant colors such as fuchsia and red. Check out our Aguacatenango Blouse here!
HIDALGO - Bordado Otomí
Otomi embroidery is one of the most popular inside and outside the country. The works represent elements of nature embroidered on mantles of white cloth. The main colors they use are white, blue, yellow and black, accompanied by green, orange and yellow lines. The embroidery process begins with choosing a material, such as a blanket, silk, linen or cotton. The drawing is then traced with a black marker. The silhouette is traced, colors are chosen, and embroidery begins!
VERACRUZ - Bordado Nahua
MEXICO CITY - Bordado Mazahua
Mazahuas women learn to embroider from a very young age, so textile art in this region is connected to female identity. Mazahua textile art displays symbolisms of hope, love, hunger, and death. It is also said that it will depend on the state of mind of the one who weaves or who wears the clothing. In Tenancingo, works of art are made with 100% cotton thread and woven on a pedal loom or on a backstrap loom. The tradition of spinning rebozos here began in 1908, when the first workshop to make them was installed.
Textile art has an important cultural significance in Mexico, and we must honor, respect, and carry it with pride. Our traditions deserve to be shared, so let's do so!
Despite not being able to list all the embroidery designs found across Mexico, it is very important to us to know which one was your favorite? Is there a particular design you would like us to carry in the future? Leave your opinion in the comment section below! Gracias!