I stopped cycling, but continued embroidering and during the transformation of lifestyles I managed to finish 3 pouches. These pouches are different from the ones I made while cycling. Why? I climbed up the hill opposite my new home, to show you.
Have a look, be inspired, explore the world with some added beauty, present someone or yourself and add some color and originality to your, or the other, outdoor adventures.
I did not set prices, that’s up to you (but to those who have troubles estimating, I’d say start from €25).
Ao po’i Yellow
Measurements: 20 x 14 centimeter/7.8 x 5.5 inch
Weight: 30 gram/1 ounce
Ao po’i Blue
Measurements: 23.5 x 14.5 centimeter/9.3 x 5.7 inch
Weight: 40 gram/1.4 ounce
Ao po’i Green
Measurements: 25 x 15.5 centimeter/9.8 x 6.1 inch
Weight: 60 gram/2 ounce
Fabric: printed cotton, cotton mixture inner pocket, pure silk liner, embroidered part mixed fabric, glass beads, zipper.
Don’t forget to send me the address you want the pouch send to, and please add postal service costs (not registered and costs only for the weight of one pouch). I will cycle right away to the post office so the pouch hopefully arrives before Christmas.
From Spain to Europe: €3
From Spain to USA: €4
Within Spain: €3
Things can go quick: I cycled through Paraguay twice, I met my husband there and he arranged a few lessons in local style embroidery for me. I learned a new technique, ao po’i, in a small village called Yataity, positioned in a district with very common Paraguayan traditions.
Ao po’i is a word in the local language of Paraguay, Guarani, meaning ‘fine cloth or delicate garment’.
More than 50% of the population dedicates to the manufacture of cloths made by old-fashioned looms and skillful hands, which makes for a beautiful, evenly, 100% cotton fabric, though much of the plain textile is produced by factory machinery.
Ao po’i appeared in the 19th century due to the commercial lockout imposed by Gaspar Rodriguez de Francia (dictator who governed Paraguay from 1813 to 1840). The borders were closed to preserve independence, therefore there was no importation of products; women found it necessary to spin the cotton to weave, embroider and make different garments for personal use, this fabric that was made to make garments gave rise to ao po’i. With time it was transforming; patterns of flowers, repetitive designs inspired on nature sprung up. Since the technique evolved around the counting of the threads of fabric, motives remain within a certain structure. Different embroideries and techniques, pulling of threads and meticulous cross stitch were all used. At first the fabric did not have embroidery and was similar to what we know today as canvas.
Most of the economy of this district is up to the tailoring of ao po’i clothes. 50% of the total population works on it and almost no one in the district isn’t, even indirectly, related with an ao po’i artisan. Moving along the main roads, through little alleys, past school yards and underneath shady mango trees, women are embroidering.
And so do I…