Past and present

Updated: Jul 23

Over the next 7 months, MUREM will offer a series of hand embroidery workshops using traditional Yucatan stitches and contemporary product designs.

Julio 2022

Yucatecan embroidery predates the Spanish occupation of Mexico and since its inception has provided a way for predominantly female artisans to earn an income to support their families. With the growth of Valladolid and its surroundings as an international tourist destination, there is a great opportunity for artisans to sell their embroidery to visitors who appreciate hand-embroidered textiles. However, contemporary preferences for product type and style may be different from the traditional styles of the communities, resulting in fewer sales. MUREM wants to expand the knowledge of artisans in embroidery stitches, fabrics, techniques, and products so that they can sell more textiles at better prices to their customers and so that in this way we are also helping to preserve the tradition of Yucatecan embroidery.

The Past and Present workshops will offer ten enrollment scholarships for embroiderers from Valladolid and neighboring towns in a seven-month, two-part series.

For people who would like to learn the stitches with the community embroiderers, there are five spaces available at $1,400 pesos each.

● Each month, students will learn over a period of three days from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. how to embroider one of seven traditional embroidery stitches with the master embroiderer, Fidelia Ek Góngora from Tipikal, Yucatán.

● The following week, over a period of three days, they will learn how to create one of seven contemporary textile products with Valladolid-based fashion designers Dalila de Leon and Amanda Watkins.

● The first session will take place on Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10, and Thursday 11 August 2022.

Requirements for Scholarship recipients:

● Have basic knowledge of hand embroidery

● Live in Valladolid or its surroundings

● Valid electoral credential and utility receipt with home address

Every day starts sharp at 9 a.m. at MUREM and ends at 1 p.m. Coffee, cookies, and fruit waters will be available for the participants. All materials are included.

To register or with questions, contact Tey Mariana Stiteler, MUREM director, cel/Whats: +52 985 113 6334,

Registration deadline for the first stitch workshop is August 2, 2022.


With teacher Fidelia Ek Góngora from Tipikal

August 9, 10, 11 9am-1pm


With teacher Dalila de Leon from Valladolid

August 16, 17, 18 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Embroidery Workshop Calendar

August Embroidery, Punto de Henequén: August 9, August 10, August 11

August contemporary product, Bandana: August 16, August 17, August 18

September Embroidery, Alambre Chuy: to be determined

September contemporary product, pillow cover: to be Determined

Embroidered October, Al Revers Chuy: October 4, October 5, October 6

October contemporary product, tote bag: October 11, October 12, October 13

November Embroidery, Cinta Chuy: November 1, November 2, November 3

November contemporary product, travel roll: November 8, November 9, November 10

December Embroidery, Murísca: December 6, December 7, December 8

December contemporary product, cel phone bag: December 13, December 14, December 15

January Embroidery, X’Mool Miis: January 3, January 4, January 5

January contemporary product, shoe bag: January 10, January 11, January 12

February Embroidery, Xmanikté: February 7, February 8, February 9

February contemporary product, blouse: February 14, February 15, February 16

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