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Doña Minerva was 14 years old when she began to embroider. She was traveling from San Juan Guichicovi, a municipality located in the northern part of the state of Oaxaca, to the town of Juchitan de Zaragoza, about three hours away, both municipalities located in the region known as the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (the region most affected by the strong 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 the head of the family and manages the house. A civilization in which the feminine solidarity is remarkable, because the role of the woman is linked with the economic power of the house.

Today Doña Minerva Lazaro, will have 40 years of embroidering flowers, a tradition that has not hesitated to teach her daughters, Susanna, Abigail and Nery, who since little have learned to embroider the art on Oaxacan huipiles in particular (traditional clothing 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 typical of the indigenous towns). An art that is characterized by the embroidery of colorful designs: flowers, animals, among others).

"Ambaa" comes from the Mixe language and means "bright", Bordados Ambaa means " luminous embroidery " where all the drawings are unique, handmade and in each one has a little piece of the soul of the one who elaborated it.

Currently, a dozen women are working in this project and elaborating clothes in the art of Oaxaca, to transmit this tradition to their children; besides spreading its joy with beautiful designs and colors to the whole world.

Let's support theLet's help the Isthmus of Tehuantepec recover by supporting the economic empowerment of its workers!


Technical weaving "cadenilla

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