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Vibrantly colored animal and floral patterns are the distinctive characteristics of Otomi embroidery, known as ‘tenangos’ in Mexico. Native artists from the central state of Hidalgo, Mexico, meticulously stitch each hand drawn shape, decorating the off-white fabric with whimsical figures.
Traditional embroidery from the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca often symbolizes the personal dreams and life stories of the artist. Other motifs include regional flora and fauna. Many indigenous groups grow the plants to produce the thread and textiles used to make garments, pillowcases and bags. Each item is delicately embroidered by hand.
A loose fitting tunic-like garment usually made with three pieces of material joined together with stitching or ribbon. Huipils are commonly worn by indigenous women in Mexico and Central America. Ceremonial huipils, or those used in weddings or other special occasions, can be heavily decorated with embroidery, ribbons, lace and tassels.