Maria Perez, one of our amazing artisans who helps keep the tradition of hand embroidery alive.
My love for the embroidered Otomi textiles began when I was a little girl. On my many visits to Mexico as a child, my mother would buy a few pieces and decorate our home with them. I loved the colors and the whimsical animal designs. Flash forward twenty five years to New York City when I opened a little home furnishing shop and the otomis were the first products that I sold.
Left: Costantino (my store in Meat Packing District, NYC circa 2006) Center: Cookie Magazine, 2006 Right: Domino Magazine 2006
I've since discovered the meaning behind the designs, the wonderful people that hand embroider them, and the labor-intensive construction that nearly brought them to extinction.
The artisans that make our wonderful pieces live high in the Sierra Madre mountains in the state of Hidalgo. Both men and women draw and embroider the textiles. Unfortunately, in the past many young people who might have taken up their traditional artwork were drawn to larger cities more interested in modern techniques and professions. The length of time to make one piece seemed oppressive. Thankfully the resurgence of interest in the otomi textiles has kept many artisans working and inspired a new generation.
We have worked with many designers and individual clients who have incorporated the otomi embroideries into their interiors. Due to that demand, we have a large network of artisans who make our otomis in an array of colors and sizes that span beyond what we have on this site. Custom sizes and colors (upwards of 30 shades) can be special ordered. Please contact us! And visit our selection here and here.