Colorful Otomi Embroidered Coverlet, Mexico

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This lively cotton coverlet is embroidered by hand with flora and fauna and is a beautiful example of the handwork of the Otomi people of central Mexico. Birds, flowers, vines, rabbits, and other creatures are boldly depicted in an energetic all-over pattern that is bursting with saturated hues. The balance of positive and negative space lends modernity to this example of Tenengo, a simplified version of a traditional craft which developed in the 1960s in an effort to salvage an economy devastated by drought.

This piece of textile folk art comes from the estate of an ambassador and world traveler and was likely acquired in the 1960s or 1970s. The piece has a lovely soft hand and was used as a coverlet, but it would make a wonderful wallhanging or door or window curtain.

Condition is very good, and embroidery is intact, but it does have several small stains and one large one (almost 2" x 3") that looks like coffee. This does not detract because of the dynamic nature of the design-please see second and third photos. We typically do not wash vintage and antique textiles but leave that to the buyer's discretion. 

Measures about 80" x 80."

Central Mexico.