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Cecilia Velásquez

  • D’Coralia
  • Embroiderer
  • Cartago, Colombia
  • Master Artisan
Cecilia Velásquez Embroiderer
Monday to Saturday 08:00 - 18:00
+57 3146491870
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A family heritage in open work embroidery

  • • Cecilia hand embroiders home linen open work in her workshop
  • • She taught needlework to Cartago’s prison inmates
  • • Cartago exemplifies Colombia’s long-standing embroidery tradition

Cecilia Velásquez, one of Cartago’s most reputed embroiderers recalls her early experience with her craft through the dresses her grandmother and mother made for six sisters and herself. The geometrical patterns of her designs are a constant reminder of her masters. Franciscan nuns at school also relayed the art and technique, instilling strict precision to students like Cecilia. She learned from them the importance of a perfect finish. D’Coralia is the workshop that Cecilia opened in 1978, and today it enlists apprentices regularly to ensure the precious craft is preserved. Cartago’s embroidery tradition is threatened by mechanical production. Cecilia is convinced that institutional policy and protection are necessary to motivate transmission and safeguarding of this heritage.

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Table napkins

These fine beige linen table napkins have a subtle open work embroidery border and lace for decorative details.

Individual table mats

A delicate geometrical and floral pattern in open work give these placemats an elegant contrast for any dinnerware.

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Tree of Life embroidered chasuble

This is a very special and dear design to Cecilia Velásquez, as it was especially commissioned to adorn Pope Francis’s chasuble during his 2017 visit to Colombia. A colourful array of threads was expertly embroidered to literally bring this tree to life with some cursive lettering below it.

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Runner, tablecloth and handtowel

Masterfully designed and embroidered open work patterns on these different items of table linen give a charming touch.

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Baby dress

This delicate and lightweight baby dress for special occasions has been lovingly embroidered in open work, bobbin lace, and tucks.

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