Ao po’i

The ao po’i fabric is originally from the department of Guaira, in the Republic of Paraguay, which emerged in the 19th century during the government of Dr. Gaspar Rodriguez de Francia.

The meaning of the guaraní word “ao po’i” is “fine textile” or “dedicated textile”. The embroidery that characterize this type of fabric is no only done in clothing, but also made the  ao po’I renowned,  making it highly valued in the global market.

Generally, the clothing of ao po’I are white in color, but nowadays it is made in diverse colors. The embroidery are usually of geometric motifs or inspired from the nature. Predominately the shirts and linen articles.

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The ñandutí fabric is embroidery done on a frame. The motifs are generally geometrical and they expand in radial circles. The threads used are mainly of the color white, but embroidery of ñandutí with color threads are also poplular.

This type of fabric was introduced to Paraguay by the Spanish conquistadores. It is principally associated with the city of Itauguá and nowadays it is the fabric that most identifies Paraguay. The word comes from guaraní and means “spider web”, by the form evoked by the embroidery.

The ñandutí is principally embroidered on clothing as ornamental details, tablecloths and centerpieces.

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Encaje ju

The encaje ju is originally from Spain, in guaraní it means “Fabric of Needles”. It consist of a textile embroidered with very thin threads, over a frame. There exists many different types of embroidery, each one with different motifs: flowers, stars, geometric shapes, etc.

The city of Carapeguá, in the department of Paraguarí, develops the encaje ju fabric as its principal activity.

The encaje ju can been seen in the details in the finish of dress clothes and table linens.

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