Patricia Zavala de Arias

Mexican deshilado

Deshilado (des-ē-lah’-do), or Mexican openwork embroidery, is traditionally used on household items such as tablecloths, napkins, and linens.  Openwork embroidery is the art of removing threads from a fabric to create a design over which embroidery is made.

Patricia Zavala de Arias learned deshilado from her mother in her hometown of Guanajuato, Mexico.  She has been making deshilado for over thirty years.

As a master artist in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program in 2013, Patricia shared with her daughter and apprentice Maria Arias the intricate and intensive fabric work of deshilado.



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1-Master artist Patricia Zavala de Arias (left) and her daughter and 2013 apprentice Maria Arias (Photo: Russell Rodríguez)
2-Patricia Zavala de Arias (left) working with aMaria Arias on different aspects of a table setting (Photo: Russell Rodríguez)
3-Apprentice Maria Arias using thread to tie in designs into the material (Photo: Russell Rodríguez)
4-The early stages of a large table cloth that incorporates many cloth textile techniques (Photo: Russell Rodríguez)
5-Detail of one corner of the large tablecloth (Photo: Russell Rodríguez)
6-Different designs and patterns utilized in this small tablecloth (Photo: Russell Rodríguez)
7-A table place setting that incorporates deshilado, crosspoint, embroidery, and tejido (knitting) (Photo: Russell Rodríguez)
8-A napkin that incorporates deshilado techniques, cross-point, embroidery, and tejido (knitting) (Photo: Russell Rodríguez)

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