Citlalime Hand Embroidered Dress
These Zontecomatlan dresses are traditionally worn by the Northern Nahua (Aztec) women of the lower zone of La Huasteca in Veracruz, Mexico. Each blouse contains a unique iconography representing popular zoomorphic and phytomorphic elements of their Nahua (Aztecan) heritage.
For example, a typical flower-water zigzag pattern based on Aztec mythology that revered and idolized flowers appear in these dresses. The sleeves feature a series of "trees of life," "the pine flower," and other zoomorphic elements, such as birds. The side of these pieces includes citlalime ("stars" in Nahua/Aztec), running from the neck to the lower part of the dress. The front is plain, containing one element, the Ome Xochitl, meaning "two flowers."
Each piece takes up to 3 months to complete by hand.
Hand wash with like colors in cold water with mild detergent and dry flat in the shade. Some colors may bleed depending.