Carrying on from the Mexican theme of a few Thursdays ago, here is the final Mexican themed textile from my stash.
It’s an embroidered apron, made by a Kiwi housewife, probably during the 1950s.
I’d been collecting mid-20th century Mexican themed textiles since my interest in them was first sparked as a teenager by all the Mexican textiles in my Grandmothers stash.
When I moved to NZ, I assumed that was the end of my collecting in that area, because I didn’t think that Mexico would have been a popular theme for fabric escapism so far across the world.
You can imagine my delight when I found this apron in an op-shop a few months ago.
I figured it was an anomaly, made by a talented embroiderer who had become tired of all the usual apron embroidery patterns.
The apron was made by a skilled embroiderer. It uses only a few stitches, but they are expertly executed, and the choice of stitches for the different textures in the design, such as the delicately scalloped senorita’s skirt, are very tricky.
It turns out it is not an anomaly though: I shared it with the Wellington Quilters Guild, and some of the more senior women reminisced about how they had made Mexican themed dressers scarves and tablecloths when they were young. Mexico’s exotic allure stretched across the Pacific!
After all, who wouldn’t want to be serenaded by this dashing senor?
There are a few stains on the apron, and one or two design choices that bug me.
Mostly though, I’m just intrigued by the popularity of Mexican textiles in the mid-20th century, especially since the fad even spread to NZ.