FAUSTINA SUMANO GARCÍA (San Juan Chilateca)

Faustina is a master of gloriously detailed and colorful embroidery in the traditional “wedding dress” style. Her remarkable work has been featured in many books on Mexican folk art and recognized in multiple contests. Her array of pieces is breathtaking, both in its range of design elements and color combinations. One dress is made of black silk with a mandarin collar, on which she embroidered stunning, multi-colored pansies and other flowers. Another consists of white embroidery on white cotton, while yet another features primarily pale blue embroidery on white cloth. She created her first wedding dress when she was 27 years old.  It is important, to carry out all parts of the process herself.  She cuts the fabric, designs the figures, embroiders, and sews the dress together.  She contrasts this with some artists who do not design or cut their pieces, but only embroider. Once the design is completed, Faustina undertakes the embroidery.  Some artists assign different parts to different people, to which Faustina objects because work will inevitably vary from individual to individual, compromising the integrity of the piece.  She typically embroiders the yolk first, then the sleeves, followed by the portions under the arms and on the abdomen.  Finally she creates the crocheted portions and the “haz me si puedes.”

 

 

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