Bordados y desbordados

The project Bordados y Desbordados (embroidered and “unembroidered”) is part of a series of works that have been made with displaced women who have migrated to the city. The purpose is to embroider very fine fabrics, cloths and silks from exclusive designers with very popular themes that are part of the embroiderer’s collective memory.

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Bordados y desbordados

The project Bordados y Desbordados (embroidered and “unembroidered”) is part of a series of works that have been made with displaced women who have migrated to the city. The purpose is to embroider very fine fabrics, cloths and silks from exclusive designers with very popular themes that are part of the embroiderer’s collective memory.


The embroidered dress is a popular element; it is Sunday attire, used for christenings, and very popular in Colombian towns. It is embroidered, done once again, unembroidered, and imperfect, as opposed to the brand fabrics that are perfect on both sides.


The artist learned to embroider as a child with her grandmother, who taught her, like the nuns, to embroider perfectly on both sides of the fabric, on the inside and on the outside. Now when she embroiders she tries to leave the imperfect parts visible, the tangles and mistakes as a part of the embroidery and life. She tries to highlight the contrasts between what is popular and exclusive and luxurious, between what is perfect and imperfect, between fiction and reality.


Her work tries to explain the value of traditional work, intimate and feminine, as a way of healing absence and displacement. It is a way of fighting against forgiveness and loneliness, recovering the ancestral traditions and ceremonies as a way of re-thinking the present.