VIRGINIA SÁNCHEZ de CORNELIO and her Five Daughters (San Antonino Castillo Velasco)

Virginia Sánchez de Cornelio, a talented and feisty woman, works with her five daughters – Reina, Silvia, Antonina, Carmen and Maria de la Luz (from eldest to youngest) – to create fine hand-embroidered blouses and dresses for which their pueblo, San Antonino Castillo Velasco, has long been known. In addition to the traditional “wedding dresses” and blouses (decorated in the same style), the members of the Sánchez family have introduced more contemporary items, such as embroidered shorts sets, skirts, and everyday dresses for adults and children. The Sánchez’s are one of the few remaining families who carry out their pueblo’s embroidery tradition. The Sánchez family’s greatest hope is that their tradition will not be lost, that the younger generation will perpetuate their art.


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