Hand Embroidered Tea Towell

Hand Embroidered Tea Towell


These beautiful tea towels are hand embroidered in the P'urepecha village of Santa Cruz.  Most of our collection focuses on the traditional P'urepecha way of life around the Lake Patzcuaro Region of the P'urepecha Plateau, located in the Highlands of Michoacan, Mexico.  These are fantastic treasures, and make a wonderful gift for anyone who loves folk art, indigenous textiles, and handmade gifts.


This tea towell was hand embroidered by Cristina Barriga Barriga.  It depicts Dance of the Old Men, or Danza de los Viejitos. This is a very famous P'urepecha traditional dance, performed all over the Highlands of Michoacan. The P'urepecha men who perform this dance are known as "Danzantes" or "Dancers." As is common among Indigenous peoples of the America's, the number four is sacred - and this dance includes four male dancers who represent the four elements, Earth, Fire, Air and Water. It is also believed the four dancers represent the varieties of corn here, which are red, white, yellow and blue. The dancers pray for a bountiful harvest, and to be informed about the past - and predict the future.


Jennifer Bjarnason - Proprietress