Sunday, November 23, 2014

Textiles and embroidery of Michoacan

This doily, purchased in the market of Patzcuaro , shows a traditional embroidery Mazahua from Michoacan.

In indigenous communities in Mexico, she is responsible for developing the clothing and other textiles necessary in everyday life of the community. Almost always is responsible for the entire process. The materials used are wool and cotton and the process starts with harvest, through the spinning, dyeing and warping, up to the development of the garment on a backstrap loom, loom pedal Hispanic origin.

Traditional embroideries are not accidental. The Mazahua woman is typing in their tissues history of its people, their ancestors and their environment using scenes of everyday life, deer, flowers, birds and other animals. The knowledge passed from mother to daughter through observation and practice. This women become repositories of wisdom that is centuries old.

Unfortunately, globalization and loss of identity and customs which it originates, has had negative consequences in these ancient embroidery. Celia Carmona Roma says in his book "Traditional Embroidery Mazahua from Michoacan " : "As a child I saw Mazahua and Otomi women with their colorful costumes, a full head of hair combs and barrettes, braids adorned with colored ribbons and her bare feet; is unfortunate that young people who come to study or work in Zitacuaro not wear their traditional clothes, maybe not to feel slighted, because they think that using other clothes take on a different status or unfortunately rather be like everyone else ".

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