The project Bordados Ambaa collaborates with RAIZS Artisanat Equitable®

By tanyadominguez | On 12/12/2017 | Comments (0)


The project Bordados Ambaa collaborates with RAIZS Artisanat Equitable®

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Written by: Tanya D.


Doña Minerva was 14 years old when she began to embroider.    She uses to travel to learns, from San Juan Guichicovi, a municipality located in the northern area of ​​the state of Oaxaca, to the city of Juchitán de Zaragoza, located about 3 hours away, the two municipalities located in the so-called Isthmus of Tehuantepec region (the area most affected by the forts earthquakes that hit Mexico last September  2017) also in the state of Oaxaca.

Oaxaca is a state in Mexico mostly inhabited by the Zapotec ethnic group. The Zapotec civilization is characterized by a matriarchal society, where the woman is placed at the head of the family and manages the home. A civilization in which female solidarity is remarkable, because the economic power of the home reigns to them.

Today Doña Minerva Lázaro will celebrate 40 years embroidering flowers, a tradition that she has not hesitated to teach her daughters, Susana, Nery and Abigail, who since childhood have learned Oaxacan art to embroider, on huipiles especially (traditional element of the dress of the native peoples of Central America), but also on bags, shoes and the elaboration of the traditional costume of Tehuana (one of the costliest traditional costumes of the typical suits of the indigenous towns).

The project Bordados Ambaa, "Ambaa" comes from the Mixe language and means "bright", so Bordados Ambaa are "embroidery that shine" where each is unique, handmade and in each there is a of the bit soul of the that elaborates it.

Currently, a dozen women are working on clothing in Oaxacan art, to transmit this tradition to their children; besides spreading his joy with beautiful designs and colors to the whole world. Let us support the Isthmus of Tehuantepec to rise again, supporting the economic empowerment of its working people!



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