I was honored last week to be invited to Casa de la Cuesta, a bed and breakfast along with an art gallery, to meet Enriqueta Bernadino Cenobio, a Mazahua woman. She has one many awards for her embroidery and textile work. The MOST exquisite embroidery work I have ever seen.
The furniture above was made by her family and she embroidered the dresser and nightstand scarves along with the bedding. The doll is dressed in the traditional dress of the Mazahua women.
You can see that Enrigueta is dressed the same as she stands with her husband behind this beautiful set that they are (and should be) very proud of. The set was made at the request of someone in San Miguel. It took much time to make. Enrigueta and her husband took the bus from the northern part of Mexico to bring to this woman. Then, the woman refused the order saying she never ordered it.
What a dilemma for a family who has no extra money! If only I had had the 9000 pesos to buy it, I would have.
Enriqueta also brought much of her other work to show to the Toy Museum in San Miguel where much of her work is displayed. These were things she was returning to Mexico with. Each more exquisitely made then the next. The detail is mind boggling. Having embroidered since I was about six years old, my appreciation for this work knows no bounds.
Each piece is unique. From tablecloths to book marks to drink coasters to blouses.
I oohed and aahed along with the other guests staying at Casa de la Cuesta. We
knew we were looking at work worthy of a Great Master
Prolific would be an understatement. I can't imagine how
this much work could be produced! I know how long it takes.......
The other thing that just boggled my mind was the
uniqueness of the colors, the embroidery and the patterns.
I so wanted this blouse. I saw one similar once in the State of Tlaxcala and didn't buy it
then or last week. I know I'll regret it.
Even working with a thicker yarn, the work is intricate.
If you're interested in seeing this magnificent work in person, you can contact Casa de la Cuesta who represents Enriqueta or go to the Toy Museum in San Miguel de Allende located at the corner of San Francisco and Nunez.
ARTES de Mexico has published a book on the Mazahuas Textiles. It's fascinating if you're interested.