Of the many textiles embroidered in Mexico, authentic indigenous blouses remain among the most exquisite and intricate. This beautiful blouse was embroidered by Nahua artist Estela Vargas of Santa Ana Tzacula, Acaxochitlan Hidalgo Mexico.
This piece is made using aida cloth, which is store-bought. The design that covers the back and front top torso is created using a pull-through embroidery technique. It is hard to imagine how long it takes to learn these patterns by heart, to create them without patterns. The difficulty of this technique lies in counting the spaces on the Aida cloth, which serves like miniscule fabric graph paper. The piece of thread is stitched from one end to the other, without any knots being created. It is difficult to keep the tension even, as it is to important to make sure the exposed threads don't get pulled. In a sense, this form of embroidery is similar to weaving - only with a needle. Once the aida cloth design is complete, it is sewn onto the cotton blouse as a fabric overlay.
This grogeous piece has a chest measurement of 40" with a flared waist. The length between the underarm to hip is 10". These blouses truly suit having a sash tied around them above the waist. This piece would suit a black fabric sash.