Antonina Cornelio, Ocotlán, Oaxaca
Antonina Cornelio has carried on a lineage of excellent embroidery
for her family in San Antonino Castillo Velaso, Oaxaca for many years. She learned embroidery as a child from her grandmother, Natividad Hernández, who at 80 years of age was still producing work of discernible quality. Antonina is teaching the children of the community her art so that her tradition and designs are carried on.
Over time, Antonina's small workshop has grown as the demand for her work has increased. To keep up with her orders, she hires female employees to help her, creating more employment for indigenous women. In her workshop, she provides fabric and a multitude of colored threads to a group of women to embroider the borders of the colorful garments and floral designs.
Another group of women do the do-me-if-you-can embroidery with
pleats and fraying, which adorns the front of the garments. Still another group of women do the hook work. When all the parts come together, the piece is
washed and ironed, and you can easily see the skill and unique quality of Antonina's designs.
San Antonino Castillo Velasco
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