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/.
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?
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.
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 :).