Inspired by Nature: Mexican Dresses

The influence of nature in Mexican clothing, as seen through the Popular Art Museum’s collection.

Traje Guadalupita (0) by AnónimoMuseo de Arte Popular

Flowers in Gualupita dress

In Mexico, biodiversity is closely associated with popular art. Mexican artisans take inspiration from flora and fauna to create items for everyday use, such as clothes.

Traje Tamaulipeco (0) by AnónimoMuseo de Arte Popular

Flowers in dress from Tamaulipas

From north to south, designs depicting natural elements can be seen on the typical garments of each region. This piece from Tamaulipas, for example, incorporates some of the flowers found in that area.

Traje de Tehuana (0) by AnónimoMuseo de Arte Popular

Colors from Oaxaca

One of the most beautiful and popular costumes in Mexico is that worn by the Tehuana people, from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region in Oaxaca. Their skirts and blouses are embroidered all over with colorful flowers.

Traje Nahua (0) by AnónimoMuseo de Arte Popular

Ribbon flower in Nahua dress

The Nahua communities use colored ribbons to form figures and shapes such as flowers.

Terno Yucateco (0) by Belem Segura AguilarMuseo de Arte Popular

Colorful embroidery in dress from Yucatán

In Yucatán, the traditional “terno” is a three-piece dress worn for special occasions. They are so lavishly embroidered with flowers that the women wearing them make ceremonies burst with color. The flowers are influenced by European culture.

Traje Guadalupita (0) by AnónimoMuseo de Arte Popular

To the Virgin of Guadalupe

Originating from the State of Mexico, this dress is decorated with flowers resembling those offered to the Virgin of Guadalupe, as well as an image of the Virgin herself.

Traje de China Poblana (0) by Arturo Estrada y Cirila GonzálezMuseo de Arte Popular

Sequins eagle in China Poblana dress

This traditional “china poblana” (Chinese Pueblan) dress includes an image, made from brightly colored sequins and beading, of an eagle devouring a snake, which is considered to be the founding myth of Mexico City.

Traje Purepecha (1913) by AnónimoMuseo de Arte Popular

Purépecha dress

Nature imbues the work of Mexican artisans with an undeniable richness. Evoking the flora and fauna that surround them, their textiles certainly draw the attention of fellow citizens and foreigners alike.

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