The Otomi people were the original inhabitants of the valley of Mexico. For many centuries the rich biodiversity of the valley has inspired them to create beautiful embroideries called Tenangos. The Otomis believe we are all part of the greater chain of being : that everything is connected.
Originally hand embroidered onto clothes as part of a spiritual practise, the technique, which uses crow’s foot stitch ensuring no thread wastage, became more widespread when severe drought hit the region in the 1970’s. The women of the region looked to their cultural heritage for an alternative source of income. Today each piece is initially drawn on, and then embroidered entirely by hand taking weeks or months to complete depending on the size. This is more than simple art. It represents a rich cultural heritage and a living tradition passed down for generations.