Tenango Embroidered Pillow - Tan
Made in Mexico
by artisan women preserving embroidery techniques
Add some charm to your sofa! This stunning pillow is handmade by women artisans from Hidalgo, Mexico. Each pillow is embroidered using a houndstooth stitch technique.
Fair Trade Tenango Embroidered Pillow, Handwoven in Mexico | Tan
As with all handmade items, no two pieces are the same. Variations in size, color, and design will occur.
- Square: approximately 22" x 22"
- Care instructions: Spot clean.
- Materials: 100% cotton
- Pillow Insert Materials: Synthetic fill
- Pillow comes ready to go! An insert is included with each purchase, and this pillow features a zipper closure for easy removal.
- As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
Bordadoras Unidas Arcoiris
The women artisans of Bordados Arcoiris come from six communities in Tenango, state of Hidalgo, Mexico. They embroider what their grandmothers taught them, and are proud to keep Tenango embroidery alive. With colorful string, the women draw the traditions of the Hidalgo people, illustrating everyday life, including their native plants and animals, as well as their crop cultivation.
Artisans intricately embroider some of our beautiful pillows at The Little Market. Embroidery is the handcraft of designing fabric or other materials with simply a needle and thread or yarn. The technique has been found worldwide and can be dated back to ancient times. To make our pillows, artisans cut the cotton cloth, draw the design of the pillow by free-hand, and embroider it using a stitch technique.
Once the design has been sewn on, the artisan washes the piece to erase the drawing previously made, irons it, and stitches the hemline of the pillow by hand or with a sewing machine. Overall, the time to make this product depends on the design, but on average it takes between 20-25 days. For larger pieces, it can take between 90-120 days.
The culture of Mexico is one of the richest and most ancient in the western hemisphere. Its cultural, geographical and historical wealth is palpable and it can be appreciated through its architecture and pyramids, and traditions. Most of Mexico’s art is still created through processes that have not changed since the Aztec civilization. Clay pottery, vibrant designs, embroidered cotton garments, wool shawls and outer garments with angular designs and colorful baskets and rugs are some of the common items associated with Mexican art.
Fair Trade Products
Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.