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Audio Recording The work process at Elsa's dressmaking shop

[The work process at Elsa's dressmaking shop.]

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  • The work process at Elsa's dressmaking shop


  • Cueto, Milagros "Millie" (Narrator)
  • Goicoechea, Aurora (Narrator)
  • Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)

Created / Published

  • 1994-09-01


  • -  Oral history
  • -  Interviews
  • -  Sound recordings
  • -  Work processes
  • -  Dressmaking
  • -  Dominican Americans
  • -  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
  • -  Elsa's Fashions (Paterson, N.J.)
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  Interview with Milagros Cueto and Aurora Goicoechea. Milagros provided translation for Aurora. Both women work for Elsa Mantilla, making dresses on the third floor of her shop on 21st Avenue.
  • -  Summary of audio segment: TC asks if MC has a reputation for dressmaking. Do customers come to Elsa's because they know MC works there and designs the dresses? MC says yes. Sometimes they have an idea for the dress, and if the idea is wrong, they change it. Sometimes Aurora designs a dress, sometimes MC designs a dress, or Elsa explains what the customer wants. They work together on that. Neither Aurora or MC work especially on designing, both design and sew and take measurements.


  • Digital Audio Tape

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A014

Source Collection

  • Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • audio

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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Cueto, Milagros "Millie", Aurora Goicoechea, and Thomas D Carroll. The work process at Elsa's dressmaking shop. -09-01, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Cueto, M. "., Goicoechea, A. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) The work process at Elsa's dressmaking shop. -09-01. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Cueto, Milagros "Millie", Aurora Goicoechea, and Thomas D Carroll. The work process at Elsa's dressmaking shop. -09-01, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.