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Chamula wool tunic

Maya threads: A woven history of Chiapas: For most Chamulan men, the everyday white wool tunic has become a formal garment set aside for officials, like the volunteer policemen (mayols). The tunic is a required uniform worn in the daily line of duty.   All chamulan religious officials wear a long black wool tunic. The red velvet band circling the neck ends in a dramatic cross in the back.   Daily wear for the Chamulan women consist of a shiny satin blouse and black wool skirt. Young girls often wear skirts of grey wool.   Chamulan woman used to weave their everyday huipils in black, brown, grey wool. Today only the black ceremonial huipil survives, preserving the ancient Aztec woven...

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The flowering of Maya culture.

Maya threads: A woven history of Chiapas: The "flowering" of Maya culture is more than a metaphor in Zincantan, Chiapas where local dress is a lavish field of ever changing flowers. For every major festival, families wear new sets of clothing embroidered with fresh designs and the current color palette. Two decades of experimentation with embroidery and brocade created an endless splash of colours and styles in Zincantan. The simple brocaded lozenges along the hem grew into complex tapestries. As women mastered new embroidery techniques, bigger and bolder flowers enveloped men's fashion.  

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Tenango: Colourful textiles, hand embroidered by the Otomi from Mexico.

Tenango is a style of embroidery which originated in the Tenango de Doria municipality in the Mexican state of Hidalgo. It is a commercialized version of traditional Otomi embroidery, which was developed in the 1960s in response to an economic crisis. It is estimated at over 1,200 artisans practice the craft in Tenango de Doria and the neighborhing municipality of San Bartolo Tutotepec. The world vision of these pieces are traditional as much of the ancient ideology of these communities remains intact.  Many here still speak Otomi, with a portion speaking only this language. Although there is contact with the outside world via the handcraft and migration out, this has affected the development of the craft.  The embroidery is a simplified...

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