Threads of Memory

Mujer con bordado
Niños y niñas en taller de bordado
Niñas bordando
Grupo de niñas haciendo bordados
Group of girls doing embroidery

Embroidery was a tradition among rural communities: their work depicted birds and flowers that decorated the cloth where they kept the tortillas.

Once in the camps, they began embroidering representations of scenes of everyday life, their personal stories or human rights violations. The embroidered fabrics were then sent to other countries around the world for the solidarity groups to see them.

Embroidery was a tool to express and overcome episodes of their lives which were otherwise difficult to communicate verbally or in writing.

Thanks to an international campaign, the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen was able to repatriate some of the works that make up this exhibition.