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Panorama of research into embroidery patterns functioning in Mexico
In Mexico, primarily during the 19th century, production of embroidery designs
was a popular activity among young girls. Objects which reflected reproducibi-
lity of some of the ornaments and methods of creation, became patterns demons-
trating types of embroidery techniques. They have been subject of numerous
studies, especially in historical, ethnographic, archaeological or restoration-re-
lated contexts. This allowed for distinguishing the main concepts that led to de-
vising schemes which designated a former approach to the subject. This article
reviews various research concepts that have shaped reflection on embroidery
patterns in Mexico, including foreign studies. It also proposes an art history
approach, allowing for new findings and possibilities for analysing those ob-
jects being elements of material culture. Women who dealt with development of
patterns may be seen as artists, the masters of their profession, whose virtuosity
was manifested in the class of the objects themselves as a result of devoted time
and extraordinary manual skill.