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Embroidery is a decorating craft that uses a thread and needle to adorn and embellish fabric. The needle comes in various sizes and types and the fabrics and yarns used vary from place to place.

For the Amuzgo women, all knowledge is shared and transmitted from mother to daughter. To acquire weaving and embroidery skills, it is crucial to develop daily practice and memorize symbology. There is no authorship in the designs, every single aspect of the practice is shared within the community and becomes part of their culture.

Chueyno, means the canvas or cloth that covers the body of a woman and carries the expression of past, present and future.  Intuitively without patterns, the embroideries inherently on this canvas express the emotions and embodied aspects of the personalities, lives and experiences of these women.


        
In Xochistlahuaca (Mexico) embroidery is traditionally used on the chest of a “huipil”, on the edges of the neck, sleeves and on its seams. Besides the embroidery on this traditional garment, this technique is only used when making tortilla napkins.
There are four types of embroidery:

- “Randa de 3 puntadas”
- “Randa de diente de iguana”
- “Randa de 5 puntadas”
- “Randa de gusano”

Embroidery traditional practises are now in danger due to the introduction of commercial fabrics and the lack of market to sell their products. Machine stiching and ribbons are being used to replace “randa”.  


















          
TUYO promotes and optimizes the value of the textile works of this community and encourages future generations to pursuit these practises. Creates a bridge for knowledge exchange and renews the connection between generations. Becomes a platform for women to regain their independence.




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