#3 Solidarity with the 43 handkerchief

To find out more about the 43 missing Ayotzinapa student, visit https://blogs.ed.ac.uk/s1855525_stitch-embroidering-our-heritage-into-contemporary-practice-2019-2020sem2/2020/03/04/43-ayotzinapa-information/.

© Image by Teresa Mtz

There is an art collective which makes illustrations of the 43 Ayotzinapa students. It’s called #IllustradoresconAyotzinapa/#IllustratorswithAyotzinapa (https://ilustradoresconayotzinapa.tumblr.com/).  The illustrations usually contain a phrase; I, their own name, want to know where (one of the 43 students) is.

So I am doing a piece of embroidery in the same format. I also saw a couple examples where they do not name a specific student, but refer to all of the 43 Ayotzinapa students. So I embroidered:

Yo, Dzindua-Dzaui quiero saber donde estan los 43?

© Image by Dzaui

Using backstitches I’ve embroidered Yo Dzindua-Dzaui quiero saber (I, Dzindua-Dzaui want to know) with green thread, because green thread is often used as a symbol for hope when embroidering names of people that have disappeared in Mexico. I also used red thread to embroider donde estan los (where are the). I used red because blood is red, because of a feeling of emergency, but also because both green and red are colours used in the Mexican flag.

Image uploaded by molamama on Pinterest

I added the number 43 in felt using trapunto onto the fabric and a + sign using the satin stitch. The + represents the 43 students that are missing. Our society +43 students who are missing. The trapunto technique entails sewing a piece of fabric onto another piece of fabric and stuffing it. In this case my + sign. The trapunto technique is also used in molas by the Indigenous Kuna people in Colombia and Panama. If you are interested in how molas are made visit http://thorup.com/makeamola.html.

If you are further interested in the applique and trapunto technique here are some websites to check it out:

To do the same as the 43 Ayotzinapa art collective and protest I have also put my embroidery on my Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/stitchahead/ feel free to check it out :).

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  1. lrichar3

    This post is working well and connects your theme along with the techniques you have chosen. To enrich the post it would be interesting to see more links to articles on the missing 43. You could also put examples of the trapunto technique in and show how and where this has been used.

    Your last challenge is now to get your embroidery messages out onto social media…or have you done that already? Evidence of connecting your stitched voice out to the wider world will make these pieces all the more convincing.

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