Mantel de Aguacatenango Coral
Set of 2 placemats hand-embroidered with floral and vine designs in coral, pink and red on ivory linen. The placements are finished with a hand-stitched border.
These placements were created by artisans in Aguacatenango, which is a small community in Chiapas. Aguacatenango is particularly known for its floral embroidery, which adorn their traditional blouses. The community itself is agricultural, as men spend three-quarters of the year away from the village to harvest maize. Corn, therefore, has significant symbolic meaning for the community, as the livelihoods of the people depend on it. The women supplement family income by producing garments and homeware with traditional floral motifs that mirror the flora and fauna of the region.