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Grey Otomí - Statement Framed Textile

This product belongs in the following collections:

Grey Otomí - Statement Framed Textile

This product belongs in the following collections:

Grey Otomí - Statement Framed Textile

This product belongs in the following collections:

Grey Otomí - Statement Framed Textile

Grey Otomí - Statement Framed Textile

$1275

Grey Otomí - Statement Framed Textile

Mexico

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$1275

The Grey Otomí embroidered textile is carefully applied to a linen substrate and bordered with a traditional linen-covered mat. This product is offered in our lucite frame. A natural flax linen is paired with the lucite, set back with linen-covered spacers. Our signature gold St. Frank plate is featured in the bottom right-hand corner of each piece. 

Please note that as unique, handmade art, no two pieces are ever exactly the same and color varies across monitors. Our website photos are a close representation of this work, but may not be identical to the piece you receive. 

This intricate handmade embroidery 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, Hermès, collaborated with Otomí artists to release an exclusive line of Hermès 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. Each character bears significance. For example, deer carry wealth; birds are messengers of the sun; and lizards offer rest. The composition of this St. Frank piece is representative of a 'tree of life' with the branches reaching the heavens.

Framed Dimensions: 28" W x 37" H

Framed Textiles are custom framed once they are ordered. Allow 4-5 weeks for framing and delivery.

We offer a full refund for items returned within 30 days of delivery.