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Colectivo Hilo de Plata

A Legacy of Zapotec Embroidery

Specialization: Zapotec Embroidery

In the heart of Oaxaca, Mexico, lies the artisan collective Aguja de Plata (Silver Needle). Founded by Maestra Martha Juliana Sernas Luis, this group of 25 families has dedicated their lives to preserving the exquisite tradition of Zapotec embroidery.

Maestra Martha's journey with embroidery began at a tender age. Inspired by her mother's artistry, she found solace and joy in the intricate patterns and vibrant colors that came to life under her needle. At the age of 14, she embarked on a formal apprenticeship, honing her skills and deepening her understanding of the symbolic language embedded in each stitch.

Under Maestra Martha's guidance, Aguja de Plata has flourished, becoming a beacon of cultural preservation and economic empowerment. Each artisan brings their unique touch to the collective, their hands weaving stories and traditions into every stitch. The group's intricate designs, often inspired by the natural world and Zapotec cosmology, have captivated collectors and enthusiasts worldwide.

Aguja de Plata's success extends beyond the realm of craftsmanship. They have become ardent advocates for the rights and recognition of artisans, tirelessly campaigning against design theft and advocating for fair trade practices. Their unwavering commitment to their craft and their community serves as an inspiration to aspiring artisans and cultural custodians worldwide.

Maestra Martha's legacy is a testament to the transformative power of art and community. She has ignited a passion for Zapotec embroidery, ensuring that this precious heritage will continue to thrive for generations to come. Her unwavering dedication to her craft and her unwavering commitment to her community have earned her the admiration and respect of artisans and cultural enthusiasts alike.

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