During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at the Otomi embroidery technique on a tote bag, a garment, etc., under the guidance of the master artisan of embroidery Arisbeth González. Participants will also be able to learn more about the motifs and the meaning of the chosen colours. 

Practical info

  • Single Tariff 29 €

Workshop in French and Spanish.

Participants are invited to provide a light-coloured textile item (garment, tote bag etc) of their choice.



la Galerie du 19M — Paris/Aubervilliers


For more details, refer to the practical information

Otomi embroidery originated in the Otomi community from the state of Querétaro and is used to celebrate their most important events, such as the harvest, planting, marriage, or birth. Their colourful designs are said to have been inspired by the mural paintings that adorn the caves of the region. The textiles are generally brightly coloured and depict scenes from everyday life, flowers, and fantastical animals.


Participants will be able to take their work home with them.


Arisbeth González Hernández, is originally from Pahuatlán, in the state of Puebla, Mexico. Belonging to the Otomi community, her grandmother taught her to embroider from the age of six and she later learned the techniques of working with beads and making amate paper. She in turn has shared the knowledge with her children.

Beads have been used in the region to decorate the clothing of the shaman who cleanses to cure illnesses, and amate paper has been the livelihood of the population for several decades, providing the basis for paintings, cutouts, and decorative objects.

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