Diversidad cultural: Mexican embroidery & weaving

Mexico is a diverse country, home to 68 indigenous communities. Each community has its own traditions and customs and one can appreciate it for example in the materials used in the elaboration of handcrafted pieces. Also the cosmogony of the community comes into play, which is often integrated into the weaving & embroidery of the fabric pieces that are often used as clothing.

For example, we find the otomi embroidery called “Tenango”, the huipils elaborated in the state of Oaxaca, the Mexican state which hosts the most indigenous communities like the Mixe, the Zapotec, the Mazatec, the Amuzgue, between other.

In the Mixe tunic of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, we find allusion to the Sierra Mixe and its rivers, mountains, fauna and flora. It is difficult to say only the term “Mexican embroidery” because there are communities that elaborate weavings which integrate elements of daily life and their very special relationship with nature. Like the Amuzgue community that inhabits the state of Guerrero, it is also found in parts of the state of Oaxaca. The Nahua community of the North Sierra de Puebla & de la Huasteca are also characterized for their colorful and meaningful weavings. We also find the weavings of the Tzotziles and Tzeltales communities with their Mayan symbols. In this month so significant for Mexico, here is a non-exhaustive selection of some Mexican embroideries and weavings to share with you the richness of the colors and cultures of Mexico. If you want to find out more, take a look at our communities.

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