Stitching for Material Sensitivity: From Traditional to Activist Embroidery

Activity: PresentationConference presentation


Cochineal is an insect that has been used for textile dyeing since pre-Hispanic cultures in Mexico. This presentation discusses the use of the cochineal insect as a natural dye for wool and the bridge between ancient Indigenous knowledge and contemporary artistic research. A transatlantic connection is created between the Mexican plateau and the Arctic region, merging identities, traditional knowledge, crafting and conceptualisation through an artistic embroidery initiative involving researchers, craft artists and human rights activists. The presentation discusses ways to cross boundaries and material interconnectedness in a web-of-life that includes sheep wool, cactus, cochineal and ancestral knowledge. The endorsement of material sensitivity is narrated into embroideries by the Cervantes.
Period16 Nov 2023
Event titleRelate North Symposium and Exhibition: Beyond Borders
Event typeConference
Conference number11
Location Umeå, SwedenShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational