The piteado is an ancestral technique, it is an artisan fabric that is embroidered only in leather articles. Pita is a fiber of natural origin that comes from a variety of maguey belonging to the family of agaves grown in the tropical forests of Oaxaca, Veracruz, Tabasco, Guerrero and Chiapas. It has been used in pre-columbian times to make commonly used items, ropes, fishing articles, clothing, hammocks, shoes, even ceremonial objects. The original piteado embroideries guarantee in the passage of time the duration of the pearly and eye-catching luster that is observed from the beginning in the creations of the craftsmen who choose the skin with care, draw the designs and embroider with skill the frets or florets to decorate their parts.
Artisan: José Óscar Pedroza
Tonalá, Jalisco, México
Text by: Laura Landeros Zuno.
Translation from spanish: Alejandra Vázquez.
Sources: Grandes Maestros del Arte Popular, Primera reimpresión, 2001, Fomento Cultural Banamex, México, D.F., http://artesdemexico.com, http://www.mexicodesconocido.com, https://sites.google.com/site/rechazadoyembutidodemetales/, http://www.buenastareas.com/ensayos/Rechazado-De-Metales/2701763.html, https://bifea.revues.org/4057?lang=en, http://www.piteadofino.com/piteado_fino_113.htm.