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Red Otomí Holiday Stocking

Contemporary Handmade

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Mexico

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PROVENANCE

This stocking is inspired by the intricate, handmade, St. Frank embroidery that was developed by indigenous Otomí­ people in central Mexico. The Otomí­ faced an economic crisis in the 1960s caused by severe drought in their predominantly subsistence farming region. As an alternative source of income, Otomí­ women popularized this embroidery through the revival of an ancestral technique.

Today, skilled Otomí­ textile artists are in demand outside of their local communities as appreciation for this vibrant embroidery has traveled well beyond its humble origins. In recent years, Otomí embroidery has become an iconic textile print, appearing in the work of top interior and fashion designers. Even the cult French fashion house, Hermés, collaborated with Otomí­ artists to release an exclusive line of Hermés scarves featuring the distinctive designs.

The symbolism and iconography in this textile design reflect time-honored traditions and beliefs of harmony with nature. The whimsical flora and fauna embroidered motifs can be traced back to pre-Aztec Mesoamerica and are said to originate from cave paintings. Textile designers draw the animals and plants from memories, dreams, and mythical imagination; the forms are then embroidered.