Kalarte Gallery: Latin America

Embroidered Ex-Voto "Milagros"

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The folk art items on this page are embroidered "milagros" (miracles) from San Miguel de Allende (area of Los Barrones), in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. They are contemporary pieces done in the style of the traditional ex-voto retablo of west central Mexico. The ex-voto (latin for "from the vow") painting, typically done on tin, commemorates an answered prayer. For example, if a mother has prayed to the Virgin for the health of her child, she may, upon the restoration of the child's health, commission a local folk painter to create an ex-voto painting which she will offer to the local church.

These milagros follow in that tradition. However, they contain shorter texts than most of the tin ex-votos, and they may or may not indicate an actual occurrence. They are not offered to a church, but are intended to be sold to support efforts to foster women's and children's well-being. They depict an advocation of the Virgin (or sometimes a saint), the praying supplicant or the person healed, and features of the landscape such as cactus or clouds. The embroidered texts often contain misspellings or grammatical errors.

Besides these ex-voto "milagros," this page presents embroidered pictures of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe).

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embroidered ex-voto milagro

embroidered cloth ex-voto "milagro"
Guanajuato, Mexico, contemporary (2000)
San Juditas
ca. 9" x 11"

The picture shows a man or boy kneeling before San Jude, who holds a staff. The picture includes a cactus, a butterfly, a cloud, and a tall plant. The text says:
San Juditas sanó a el niño de un dolor de un oido en enero 2000. Antonia. Los Barrones.
(Saint Jude healed a boy of an earache in January, 2000. Antonia. Los Barrones.)

$30.00 | #Lret45 | close-up of picture | close-up of text


embroidered ex-voto milagro

embroidered cloth ex-voto "milagro"
Guanajuato, Mexico, contemporary (1998)
San Isidro
ca. 9" x 11"

The picture shows San Isidro standing in the upper left, a cow in the lower right. There are three desert plants in the picture. The text says:
Señor San Isidro le doy grasias por aver permitido que esta vaca se sana ya de cuando se le quebra un cuerno en 1998. Tomaso B.R. Los Barrones.
(I give thanks to Señor Saint Isidro for having allowed this cow to be healed when it had broken a horn in 1998. Tomaso B.R. Los Barrones.)

$30.00 | #Lret46 | close-up of picture | close-up of text


embroidered ex-voto milagro

embroidered cloth ex-voto "milagro"
Guanajuato, Mexico, contemporary (1998)
Virgin Mary
ca. 9" x 11"

The pictures shows a boy kneeling before the Virgin. There is a tree in the foreground, and a tree and cactus in the background. The text says:
Virgen Maria sanó al niño Leonel de gripa. Antonia Hernandez de los Borrones.
(The Virgin Maria cured the boy Leonel of the flu. (made or offered by) Antonia Hernández of los Borrones)

$30.00 | #Lret107


.embroidered Virgin

embroidered cloth
Guanajuato, Mexico, contemporary (1999)
Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
ca. 8" x 9"

$19.50| #Lret14 | close-up


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