I think that I had 'brain overload' when I got home from South America. I saw so much embroidery that I didn't really appreciate what I was seeing.
This lady is paid by the guides to model her clan's head dress, and it is about 7 metres long. I have seen her since numerous times on the internet since I returned. That doesn't detract from her wonderful costume. The embroidery around the neck is quite distinctive. All the other patterns on her clothing are woven.
Although the stitching is similar to Brazillian embroidery it is just a bit different.
There is also a lot of satin stitch used.
Around Lake Atlilitan they use bird motives a lot. The people have many stories from pre-Spanish times about the birds of the forest. Mainly satin and long and short stitch.
And you see the lily in much of the work along with the birds.
And there is tons of Bullion Stitch.
You can buy some printed patterns but mostly the women go to the artists who work in the markets and get them to draw the designs onto their fabric, then they take it home and embroider it.
The problem is that now it is cheaper to buy second hand clothing that comes in by the bail load from the USA Charity Shops. It is so much cheaper that I wonder how much longer this tradition of wonderful embroidery will last?