Textile graffiti: appropriation of space

The Yarn Bombing or Textile Graffiti is an artistic manifestation that consists of generating large-format weaving installations in public spaces with reuse cloth, with the idea of ​​making society aware of a specific topic.

MX

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extile graffiti: appropriation of space

In the prehispanic Mexico the waist loom was developed for the elaboration of fabrics, mainly for clothing, the quality in the making of these became so surprising that they were even used as currency and tribute. Despite the efficiency and dexterity with which they spun, the embroidery was known until the arrival of the Spaniards since they did not have any artifact that made the needle function.

For the Mazahuas, like other indigenous peoples, weaving and embroidery are tasks that have been handed down from generation to generation. They are very important because they contain life stories, as well as the worldview of their ancestors. However, due to several factors: the investment of time in the production of textiles and their low remuneration, globalization and poverty, to mention a few, the new generations have lost interest in the manufacture and adornment of fabrics.

Mazahuas textiles are embroidered through the technique of two needles or lomo, pepenado and basting. The lillo has a great resemblance to the cross stitch, the difference is that by pulling the threads towards the fabric, they are left a little looser and leave a texture more spongy than the other type of embroidery.

In spite of the low index of artisans who still embroider or weave, there are old and recent garments, which bear witness to textiles as canvases where the daily life and philosophy of life are reflected. It is important that the codes intertwined in the weft and the warp survive, so that people understand their past and present. Hence the interest in creating new ways of transmitting ideas and concepts for the preservation of identity.

The Yarn Bombing or Textile Graffiti is an artistic manifestation that consists of generating large-format weaving installations in public spaces, with the idea of ​​making society aware of a specific topic. For the elaboration of the fabrics, the needle or crochet technique is used indistinctly and in some cases the cross stitch is used, which instead of using a fabric as a base, manipulates a grid.

Since the textile Graffitti and the Mazahua embroidery share a similarity in their language: both are created by threads and familiarity with the cross stitch. Textile graffiti: appropriation of space, merges the aforementioned creative manifestations, with the aim of preserving cultural heritage, transferring codes of Mexican culture to new languages ​​appropriating public space.

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