Boro Blouse by Gabriela Martínez Ortiz, Ofelia & Antelmo (Mexico)
Hand embroidered blouse
Garment designed to protect the body of the wearer. Made with great love and quality materials so - with the necessary care - it can last and be inherited. This piece is a record of a way of seeing life through the slow making.
Made in Mexico City by the hands of Gabriela Martínez (fabric cutting, embroidery and detalis), Verónica Pineda (embroidery) and Teresa Gomez - (Sewing machine)
Contemporary piece/ Its construction is inspired by traditional clothing that is based on the union of geometric modules that wrap and tell stories.
This garment was made from cotton leftovers and constructed with hand embroidery. Inspired by the Japanese techniques Boro and Sashiko whose main values lies in reusing, mending, and extending the life of fibers as much as possible.
Unique piece - This composition will be only reproduced once.
Timeless, genderless, one-size-fits-all, and reversible.
It can be worn 2 different ways / Asymmetric
This is one of the 8 pieces that were made during the quarantine / The special thing about this series of garments is that they were made based on the materials that were available. Given the confinement and that everything was closed, the ideas had to be adapted to what was left at the studio.
Gabriela Martínez Ortiz, (MEX) is a designer, and textile artist, the creator of Ofelia & Antelmo, a textile art project that studies hand embroidery. Inspired mainly by nature, her visual proposal is the result of the observation and exploration of organic forms through the repetition of patterns. Her work is governed by the philosophy of the Slow Movement, a cultural revolution that aims to calm human activities. A reaction against speed by valuing processes, enjoyment and savoring life through the art of slow-making.
For the embroidery of garments, Gabriela has collaborated for some years with two women who have been embroidering since they were girls. Urban Artisans, since they had to leave their hometowns and come to the city in search of a better life. This collaboration allows them to work from home, in their own time and under a system that is mostly interested in a fair payment.
This piece was mainly embroidered by Verónica Pineda, she is been collaborating with Gabriela since her graduation collection ( https://vimeo.com/190631480 ) in 2015. Originally from a town called San Miguel Tecuanipa in the state of Puebla. She is 35 years old and lives with her two children in Cuernavaca, Morelos, a city near Mexico City. Before the pandemic, she was working as a caretaker for older people and she also makes textile craft. Verónica discovered hand embroidery when she was 6 years old, self-taught on a napkin. The things she enjoys the most are knitting and sewing
Finishes with hand embroidery
Asymmetric blouse measurements: 54 x 80 cm one side and the other 61x 80 cm, one size fits all
Hand embroidery with 100% cotton thread on 100% cotton
Thread: mexico / fabric: mexico
Industrial / mix of colours / finishes with hand embroidery/ color thread : blue navy
1 month/ around 35 embroidery hours to make a piece like this
Available for dispatch 14 days after order has been placed.