Michoacán Story Cloth Embroidered Pillow

Michoacán Story Cloth Embroidered Pillow

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Bring the story and the soul of Mexico into your home with our one-of-a-kind Michoacán Story Cloth Embroidered Pillow. This hand-embroidered story cloth pillow was made by a Purépecha woman in Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán and depicts the daily life in her village. This traditional skill has been passed down through many generations of women and took her over 3 weeks to complete. 

  • Pillow measures 13" x 13"
  • Comes with down alternative insert
  • Dry clean

Hand picked in Mexico by the Casa Verde team from a weaving and embroidery artisan collective.

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The Purépecha story cloths are vibrant, handmade portrayals of events such as fiestas, religious holidays, weddings, baptisms and the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The women of the Tzintzantzun area also make Mexican story cloths to reflect the sociologies of everyday village life. Depictions of rural farming and fishing life are commonly displayed on many of the Purépecha story cloths.

Decorative Mexican story cloths are made on a rough-textured cotton fabric that is called manta. The fabric is 100% natural unbleached cotton, also known as “cotton crudo", “wild cotton” or organic cotton. The cotton fiber is sturdier, more loosely woven and cool. The women of the Tzintzantzun area wash the manta in order to bring a softness to the very rigid material.

The talented artists who create these embroidered story cloths utilize mercerized thread in very bright colors, and needles of different lengths and levels of thickness. Wooden embroidery hoops are used to keep the thread taut while the artist is skillfully at work. Traditionally, the methods of back, single, double cross and double chain stitching is utilized to create the cloth. Yarn is alternately used when decorating the fabric. The motifs are completely boundless and follow no special pattern at all. It is up to the imagination and creativity of the maker to deliver a unique work of art.