Gallery 2022 – Ashley Albanez


Mi Tierra

Inspired by my Salvadorian culture, this thesis project brings hand-crocheted designs from artisans in El Salvador as well as crochet techniques that I taught myself. “Mi Tierra,” meaning “My Land,” honors my beautiful Central American country. I wanted to celebrate the crochet artistry I saw while on a trip to El Salvador and also include the earthy tones seen on our mountains and volcanoes.

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This photo shows a model wearing a corset and pants set that is fully hand-crocheted from artisans in El Salvador as well as myself. Floral shape crochet pieces are held together by braided yarn. It has a beige earth tone mesh underlay. The model is striking a pose as she stands in the middle of a green field.

Hand-crocheted corset and pant set with earth tone mesh underlay.

Here the model is looking upward admiring the blue sky with braided hair to match the braided crochet. This corset is fully boned and trimmed with more crochet techniques. The pant has keyhole cutouts on both sides for a self-tie closure completely made out of more crochet.

Close-up on side cutouts on pant.

The back of the corset features a lace-up detail to ensure the best fit. The back of the pants also has more crochet flowers and braids.

Lace-up back detail on corset.

The model is shown wearing the jacket I made as part of the collection. This jacket features geometric shapes sewn together to form a mountain and cloud illustration. This array of color is inspired by Salvadorian street art and it includes deep blues, warm orange, yellow, browns, and vibrant greens.

Geometric shapes make up the look of a mountain and clouds on this pop of color jacket.

With her hands on her hips, the model shows the back of the jacket. The back of this jacket also has geometric shapes as well as the words "Dios, Union, Libertad" crocheted on which is the motto of El Salvador, which means "God, Union, and Liberty."

“Dios, Union, Libertad” is the motto for El Salvador. Colors inspired by Salvadorian street art.

Meet the Designer

Ashley Albanez

New York, New York



Photographer: Nicolas Meza
Model: Cristy Cedeño

FIT, State University of New York

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