Mexican textiles: something that grabbed my attention as soon as I arrived in Puerto. Tablecloths, curtains, placemats to name a few. Where do they come from? How are they made? Luckily, my friend Zoe found the source of these staple pieces of home decor: Mantelería Santo Domingo.
The outside of the mantelería. Mantel means tablecloth, and a mantelería is a place where tablecloths are made/sold.
The sign outside the mantelería.
So many options.
Muchas servilletas (placemats).
Zoe and I with our manteles. I watched the employees hand stitch the detail around the edge of the tablecloth. There were about 4 people surrounding it, and each person executed a slightly different stitch, completing the blanket in an “assembly line” manner.
This is the “machine” that is used to make the fabric. It’s human-powered, not electric.
Ready to fight. This kid started hitting me with his little toy truck.
Mantel-making in action.
Close-up of an unfinished tablecloth.
Crazy thought: my tablecloth started out looking like this.