Patterns and embroidery have always travelled. Across the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, from Europe to Latin America and back again, their threads have gradually woven history. Now, ILOEMA embarks on a voyage which first began in Toledo. Navalcán, Lagartera, Herreruela and Torrico were our first stops in a quest to restore embroidery traditions with a contemporary perspective.
ILOEMA began as a personal project led by two friends –Teresa and Silvia–, who listened to their hearts rather than their heads. The name ‘ILOEMA’ is a combination of the Spanish words ‘hilo’ [thread] and ‘poema’ [poem]. The nightingale represents Filomela, a figure from Greek mythology who recounts her tragedy using embroidery. Embroidery is a means of expression, a language.