Behind the Design

Unique Embroidered Otomi Textiles

February 10, 2014

Embroidered Otomi textiles are showing up everywhere these days! Clothing, lampshades, and home décor accents make this one-of-a-kind embroidery a stylish, beautiful and unique art. We've discussed the Luxurious Beauty of Embroidered Tapestries previously; today we'd like to focus on smaller ways to include this Mexican Folk Art into your life.

In case you aren't familiar with this lost art form, here's a bit of history for you. Otomi textiles originate from the indigenous Otomi people of Hidalgo and Queretaro, Mexico. An ancient craft using hand embroidering techniques, Otomi textiles, known as tenangos, incorporate colorful images of animals and native people. The real and mystical imagery of the textiles depict the Otomi cosmovision originally recorded in regional cliff drawings.

Otomi embroidery is a lost art practiced only by a small number of indigenous Otomi in the villages of Caseta Pahuatlán and San Pablito. It can often take months to complete a single piece, which makes each completed piece all the more special.

A simply beautiful way to incorporate these textiles into your home is with our Dancing Birds and Native Animals Embroidered Otomi Pillowcase design. If green is your favorite color, then we encourage you to purchase our Forest Life Embroidered Otomi Pillowcase with a striped fabric back. Each pillowcase is hand-embroidered with acrylic yarn on 100% cotton fabric. Take an ordinary bed and add some of these vibrant embroidered pillowcases to it. Your bedroom will go from ordinary to extraordinary!

Another way to add Embroidered Otomi Textiles to your hacienda is a table runner. Use a runner on a dining table, top of a cabinet or drape over the back of a wing back chair. Our Jungle Animals Runner is part of our fino-quality collection, which means that it is fine quality and one-of-a-kind, never to be repeated.

Are you more into fashion than home interiors? Then we have just the thing for you! We offer gorgeous Embroidered Otomi Handbags too! Why blend in, when you were born to stand out? This fashion accessory is anything but run of the mill.

Whatever Embroidered Otomi Textile you select, you can't go wrong – they are all unique and gorgeous conversation pieces!

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