Cartago Embroidery Hispanic-Arab legacy in Colombian textiles --There is a good reason for calling Cartago the "capital of embroidery". The town is known . . . for embroidered textiles and apparel by Colombian artists who are true maestros of the thread and the needle . . . The Spanish conquistadors brought the first hand-embroidered items to the American continent, including Cartago, a city they founded in 1540. Hand embroidery became an institution.