Nuestra Señora de Los Dolores

DETAILS: by Marcella Pacheco, original embroidery 

MATERIAL: sabanilla, churro & persian wool - wood oak frame

TERRAIN: made in San Luis, CO

  • 8” x 5.5”

EDITION: 1 of 1

Nuestra Senora de Los Dolores, also known as Our Lady of Sorrows symbolizes the seven sorrows of Mary, and is said to be the most popular figure of the Virgin Mary in New Mexico. She wears a red robe and a blue mantle and has one or more swords in breast.

She is also the patron saint of our village of Vallecitos and the namesake for our dairy cow.

Marcella Pacheco was born and raised in San Luis, CO -  at one time the Colorado and New Mexico border wasn’t so distinct and neither were our cultures, the border didn’t divide and our cultures continue to remain connected.

Colcha embroidery became a practice in northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado in the early 1900’s. Wool blankets, rugs, and clothing were common in homes at that time and as a way to mend the moth holes and wear and tear, the practice of embroidery of wool came to be. The colcha stitch is specific to this region and has not been found anywhere except in Romania.

Marcella began colcha work later in life after raising seven children. She has been encouraged and taught by well known colcha advocate Connie Fernandez of Taos. Her designs range from ornate to simplified and abstract dependent on her mood and feeling about the piece. MAIDA is lucky to carry some of her pieces, the first colchera in the MAIDA collective.