Posted by: efsacco | April 7, 2009

Lacemakers Remembered, Moca, Puerto Rico

Angela 'Gelita' Feliciano Ramirez (1920-2008)

Angela 'Gelita' Feliciano Ramirez (1920-2008)

There are a generation of lacemakers, tejedoras or mundillistas, that I was fortunate to meet before they passed. There is something very tactile, very intense about making mundillo- the skill that makes the sounds of wood bobbins rhythmically ring, the amazement in seeing someone work on a large pattern with hundreds of pins and bobbins. Others are younger artisans who have an entire career of making and teaching before them.

In the Museo del Mundillo Puertorriqueno on Calle Barbosa in Moca, there is a memorial board, on which the names and dates of mundillistas who have passed are put on small plates that are affixed to a dark wood panel. Included among the names are family members and persons who made lace. ┬áInstead of just posting a foto of that board, here are some photographs of several tejedoras- some of whom made lace for their families, others who sold lace they made to a shop or who had a shop themselves. ┬áI was able to interview Vina Arocho, Gelita Feliciano and Nene Nieves. I’ll post more about them in the future.

Lucia 'Nene' Nieves Morales (1924-2007)

Lucia 'Nene' Nieves Morales (1924-2007)

Domitila 'Tila' Caban Alonso (1902-1982)

Domitila 'Tila' Caban Alonso (1902-1982)

Virginia Egipciaco Vasquez (1912-2005)

Virginia Egipciaco Vasquez (1912-2005)

Virginia 'Vina' Arocho Rodriguez (1921-2007)

Virginia 'Vina' Arocho Rodriguez (1921-2007)

Julia Vale Mendez (1906-1991)

Julia Vale Mendez (1906-1991)

Gelita's mundillo, Moca, 2006

Gelita's mundillo, Moca, 2006

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