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Craft Techniques

Brocaded Textiles 

Brocade refers to a fabric characterized by raised  decorative designs.

The brocade technique is carried out simultaneously as the base thread is being woven.  Meaning while the intersection of weft yarns (horizontal) and warp yarns (vertical) is occurring supplementary weft thread (with no structural function – they are purely decorative) is incorporated into the base fabric.

Typically, the supplementary weft thread is of a contrasting and color to the base fabric. Usually raised and very graphic, it is easy to mistake brocade for embroidery or even a print. The process is extremely complex and mathematical. The weaver must count each thread, with great precision and knows exactly when to insert or remove threads to create the shapes and patterns desired. Generally, these representations are linked to a collective tradition and identity,  meaning the iconography representing the local flora and fauna of each region is in fact a worldview of regional cultures and ethnic groups throughout Mexico.

Brocade refers to a fabric characterized by raised decorative designs.

Generally, these representations are linked to a collective imagination, that is, they are icons of the flora and fauna of the region where the textile was woven or belong to the worldview of the artisan's culture.