“For me mundillo (lacemaking) is an art because, like the painter who has in his imagination what he wants to create on the canvas, so it is for us: we create, invent, and design what we want to make in lace.”
–Rose Elena Egipciao
Rosa Elena Egipciaco is a Puerto Rican lacemaker, ortejedora, [pronounced tay-ha-dora] who lives in New York City. A perfectionist, she is a demanding yet generous teacher. Her passion for preserving the very old tradition of lacemaking known as mundillo [pronounced mun-di-yo] reminds us how important it is to be cultural stewards, to pass along skills as well as stories that are important to us and our families.