The tenangos, as the embroidered pieces are called, have evolved into richly detailed works reaching a worldwide market.
Tenango embroidery is made by the indigenous Otomí community in the Mexican state of Hidalgo, whose main town is Tenango de Doria. The people call themselves hñähñu, and speak Otomí, an indigenous tonal language, along with Spanish.
The vivid tenango embroidery designs are inspired by local vegetation and wildlife, and perhaps by nearby cave paintings and shamanistic healing ceremonies.
International brands such as Nestlé, Benetton, and Carolina Herrera have used tenango designs, sometimes without crediting their sources.
(Elisabeth Malkin, “This Mexican Village’s Designs Are Admired (and Appropriated) Globally,” NYTimes, 11-13-19)
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