Happy birthday, Colombia! July 20th, 1810.
To celebrate, we are going to talk about Colombian embroidery.
In Colombia, weaving/knitting is king (cotton, wool, Gynerium sagittatum, Furcraea, banana fiber, etc.) but embroidery is also appreciated.
Let’s start with the most locally famous, Cartago (Valle del Cauca) openwork.
It is a type of drawnthread whitework. It is done on linen or cotton, but always evenweave. The threads of the ground fabric are drawn (cut) out and then new threads (cotton) are needlewoven in to create beautiful geometric designs on the bias.
The embroidery is used to decorate sheets, tablecloths, curtains, and the famous openwork guayaberas (Panama shirts.)
In the highlands of the Cundinamarca state, sheep are raised, and with their wool, fabric is woven and embroidered.
In the city of Pasto, Nariño, they weave woolen blankets which they then embroider with appliqué using cotton fabric and threads.
Infant of Prague Dress
When I was in Prague, Czech Republic, last year (2019), I was able to admire Ms. María Mercedes de Duque’s beautiful work. She made the Infant a dress embroidered with the Colombian national symbols.