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¡Viva México! A Mexican Independence Day Celebration

Sunday, Sep 15, 2019 (All day)

Save the date for this fundraiser benefitting AMoA, taking place at Los Pinos Event Center in Forest Hill.
More details coming soon.



This fabulous example of traditional Mexican art work can be yours!


It will be up for auction online beginning on August 17 at Craft Brews, BBQ, and Blues. The auction winner will be announced on Sunday, September 15th at “¡Viva México!: A Mexican Independence Day Celebration” at Los Pinos Event Center in Forest Hill, a fundraiser benefitting the Museum. This work, which was created alongside those on display at the Mi Tierra restaurant in Alexandria, is made through a process called Tenango Embroidery.

This style of embroidery originated in the Tenango de Doria municipality of the Mexican state of Hidalgo. A more commercialized version of a traditional embroidery method called Otomi, Tenango embroidery was developed in the 1960s. There are around 1,200 artisans who practice this craft. Otomi embroidery was begun by the indigenous Otomi people and could be as old as the pre-Hispanic period in Mesoamerica. Many of the motifs used in this embroidery method date back hundreds of years, although some designs are more abstract. Many of the works feature animal motifs as they were bearers of important news. Some symbols used are representations of helpful or harmful spirits as well as intermediaries between our world and the spirit world. This work also incorporates woven wood in order to enhance the wall hanging.

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