Doña Minerva was 14 years old when she started embroidering. She travelled from San Juan Guichicovi, a municipality located in the north of the state of Oaxaca to the town of Juchitan de Zaragoza, located about 3 hours, the two communes located in the region known as the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (the region most affected by the forts Earthquakes that shook Mexico last September) also in the state of Oaxaca.
Oaxaca is a state in Mexico mainly inhabited by the Zapotec ethnic group. The Zapotec civilization is characterized by a matriarchal society, where the woman is placed at the head of the family and manages the house. A civilization in which women’s solidarity is remarkable, because the role of women is linked with the economic power of the house.
Today Doña Minerva Lazaro, will have 40 years of embroidering flowers, a tradition that did not hesitate to teach her daughters, Susanna, Abigail and Nery, who since small have learned to embroider art on Oaxacan huipiles in particular (traditional vetêment of Indigenous peoples of Central America), but also on bags, shoes and the elaboration of the traditional costume of Tehuana (one of the most expensive traditional costumes of the typical costumes of the native cities). An art that is characterized for embroidery of colorful drawings: flowers, animals, among others).
« Ambaa » vient de la langue Mixe et signifie « lumineux », Bordados Ambaa signifie « broderie lumineuse » où tout les dessins sont uniques, faits à la main et dans chacun a un petit bout de l’âme de celle qui l’élabora.
Currently, a dozen women work in this project and develop clothes in the art of Oaxaca, to convey this tradition to their children; In addition to spreading his joy with beautiful designs and colors to the whole world.
Let’s support theIsthmus of Tehuantepec, help him to rise up, supporting the economic empowerment of his workers!
“cadenilla” Technical Weaving