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Tokyo 2021: the gown uniform of the Mexican athletes with Oaxaca embroidery

The floral embroidery was made by hand by Tehuana artisans from the isthmus of Mexico.

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July
23, 2021

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This Friday, the Mexican delegation released the long-awaited gala uniform with Oaxaca embroidery at the opening ceremony of the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

This suit is navy blue with an embroidered jacket lapel with motifs from the beautiful state of Oaxaca, all handmade and different. The men wore sweatpants and the women shorts with a Tehuana headdress typical of the region. All athletes completed the uniform with tennis shoes and white shirts and a mask of the same color with the flag of Mexico.

The design was selected from three proposals put to the vote by the company High Life. The shortlist consisted of items of clothing with elements that were inspired by the original peoples of Mexico and aspects that highlight the Mexican identity: Oaxaca embroidery, charrería elements or the stone of the sun. And Oaxaca embroidery won!

“They blend in elegantly with the modernity of a suit made of high-quality dry-fit fabric. It is wrinkle-free, allows sweat and dries quickly, ”commented the Mexican Olympic Committee on the choice of the suit in April.

The ceremony

The Mexican delegation, consisting of 97 men and 65 women, was flagged by the golfer Gaby López and the diver Rommel Pacheco, who waved the flag with great enthusiasm during their presentation.

MEXICO, PRESENT @Rommel_Pacheco from #Clavados and the golfer @GabyLopezGOLF, are the flag bearers and lead the delegation who visited the Tokyo Olympic Stadium at the opening ceremony of the XXXII. Olympics # Tokyo2020 enters. #ADejarHuellaEnTokio pic.twitter.com/UWFX1OY0CM

– CONADE (@CONADE) July 23, 2021

Oaxaca embroidery

The design worn by the athletes uses Zapotec handicrafts inspired by the isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca.

“Large, colorful flowers give this gala ensemble a sense of liveliness. The embroidery was handcrafted by women from the isthmus of Tehuantepec, inspired by the wonderful nature of the south-eastern region of the country.

According to Forbes, the suits are available for sale in high life boutiques and can be customized for the users. Depending on the material, they cost between 1,500 and 12,000 Mexican pesos.

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