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Mexican craftsmanship is very colourful and varies according to the community of the different regions of Mexico.

For example, in the state of Oaxaca, in the south-east of the country, we find textile pieces (Huipils, tunics, dresses) that are mainly embroidered, whereas in the states of Chiapas or Guerrero we find more woven clothes.

Sometimes people confuse these two similar but not the same techniques, so here are a few things to remember to differentiate them:

EMBROIDERY

Embroidery is an art form that consists of the ornamentation of a flexible surface, usually fabric, with textile threads.

A needle, a treadle machine, is used to make embroidery.

The Cadenilla Technique, the Huipiles of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca, the embroidery of San Antonino Castillo Velasco, the embroidery of Jalapa de Diaz, the Otomi embroidery and the cross-stitch technique are examples of Mexican embroidery.

WEAVING

In contrast, weaving is the interweaving of threads, ropes, esparto grass, etc., to form cloth, braids, mats or the like.

There are different weaving techniques. The most widespread in Mexico is the one with a loom which can be waist or pedal, notably to elaborate the zarape de saltillo and the very beautiful carpets of Teotitlan del Valle in Oaxaca.

The famous " Mexican Rebozo "This technique is used to elaborate the 'Mexican identity'. The states that are known for elaborating this element of Mexican identity, born from the mixture with other cultures, are Chiapas, Guerrero and without a doubt San Luis Potosi in Santa Maria del Río.

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