I am thrilled to feature my favorite textile of all time today. This hand embroidered textile, known as Otomi textiles (or sometimes called Mexican Susani or Tenango textiles) is made by the Otomi Indians of Mexico.
I’m always on the hunt for great interior design sources and, believe it or not, the Las Ventanas al Paraiso gallery will be my first call when I want to custom order this textile for a client project or myself.
I realize resort gift shops, galleries and jewelry showrooms are notorious for incredibly high prices but the Otomi textiles sold at the Las Ventanas Gallery are approximately the same price as I found them in the street bazaars of the nearby town of San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Of course, you can’t bargain with the gift shop but you can have the added convenience of calling to order any color you’d like and shipping it to the United States with comfort.
I’ve had some pressing questions about the textile for years and was thrilled Las Ventanas al Paraiso so graciously helped me find the answers.
Where are the textiles made?
Our textiles are from Tenango de Doria, Hidalgo, Mexico.
What is the story behind this magnificent textile? How long has it been around?
It is believed that they come from ancient cave paintings, but nothing is certain. Almost all designs are creatures of fantasy.
Are they made by the Otomi Indians of Mexico? Is there more than 1 region that makes the textile?
Yes, they are made by Otomi people, that are in Hidalgo, Puebla & Queretaro.
Is the textile still handmade?
Yes, everything is handmade, you can see the stitches on the back of each piece.
Otomi textiles would be the correct and most common name but Tenango is also accurate, as that is the most famous town that produces this work.
How long does it take to make 1 coverlet or blanket?
For a single craftier it could take up to 3 months.
Can an interior designer custom order for a client? Who should we contact?
Yes, they can make special size orders, but it might take at least 6 months to be ready. Any special order could be done right through our Gift Shop at Las Ventanas al Paraiso.
Some terrific articles and Otomi inspiration can also be found here…
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