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Craft Techniques

Raised Embroidery

Raised embroidery is a specific embroidery technique used to decorate the surface of textiles, either hand woven or industrial fabrics. Using a large needle and thick yarn or wool, the master artisan sews loose, raised stitches that form loops on the fabric surface. When clustered together, these looms form figures and designs with rich surface texture.

Today, this type of decorative stitch can be seen in the huipil (tunic) and the ceremonial cape worn by the women of Chenalhó as well as decorating the huipil and boarder of the men's pants of Tenejapa, both towns are located in the state of Chiapas. Farther north, in the state of Puebla, this decorative tradition is also seen in the almost extinct huipil of San José Miahuatlán.  

When clustered together, these looms form figures and designs with rich surface texture.

The master craftswoman can embroider on industrial fabric or a loom-woven canvas; Insert a thick thread to a large needle, it can be wool or yarn, and begin to make small basting stitches, that is, insert and remove the thread through the fabric, however when embroidering does not exert pressure to insert the thread completely , but leaves it loose, the thread is lifted from the fabric, like when we fold a ribbon. The cluster of bent threads, forms figures with texture.