Meet the Artisans: Bordadoras Unidas Arcoiris

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Add a pop of color to any room with hand-embroidered pillows from Tenango, Mexico. The incredible women of Bordadoras Unidas Arcoiris create beautiful pillows while maintaining traditional designs and techniques. Get to know the artisan women behind our beautiful collection of Tenango embroidered pillows.

Tenango Embroidered Pillows {Marisa Vitale - The Little Market}Photo by Marisa Vitale

About the Artisans

The Little Market is proud to partner with the artisan women of Bordados Unidas Arcoiris, who practice the magnificent skill of hand-embroidery. The tradition is passed down from generation to generation, and the artisan women come from six communities in Tenango, state of Hidalgo, Mexico. With colorful string, the women draw the traditions of the Hidalgo people, illustrating everyday life, including their native plants and animals, as well as their crop cultivation.

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Embroidery is the handcraft of designing fabric or other materials with simply a needle and thread or yarn. The technique has been found worldwide and can be dated back to ancient times. To make these pillows, artisans cut the cotton cloth, draw the design of the pillow by free-hand, and embroider it using a stitch technique. Once the design has been sewn on, the artisan washes the piece to erase the drawing previously made, irons it, and stitches the hemline of the pillow by hand or with a sewing machine. 


The culture of Mexico is one of the richest and most ancient in the western hemisphere. Most of Mexico’s artistic production is still created through processes inherited from pre-Columbian civilizations including the Aztecs, Maya, and many other indigenous groups. Bordadoras Unida Arcoiris artisans come from a long history of utilizing techniques and style influenced by the country’s integration of cultures. 

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Photos by Megan Welker Photography

To shop the full collection and support hardworking artisans, visit our site and our Palisades Village store!

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