Some families of Sierra Negra have decided to join the community cooperatives and create hand-embroidered pieces. They develop the talent and receive an income meanwhile preserving their culture. Most embroidered dresses in Mexico are hand crafted by indigenous women and housewives that stay at home and do the embroidery in their free time while taking care of their children. People use different techniques to embroider dresses, blouses and other garments. Embroidered styles and designs are similar from different states in Mexico. The most popular today, come from the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla, Morelos and Yucatan.
The embroidered patterns like flowers and other symbols were originally copied from figures in the architecture of churches built more than 200 years ago. You can commonly find flowers, leaves, and birds; although it has evolved to other more sophisticated figures from the mix of cultures with forms of peacocks and complete flower arrangements.