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Expat Maria's shirt is a fitting gift for visiting Head of State

By Margaret Canning

Published 04/11/2016

Maria presents President Juan Manuel Santos with the specially-made shirt
Maria presents President Juan Manuel Santos with the specially-made shirt

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was presented with a sartorial reminder of home during his visit to Belfast.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner received a traditional Colombian shirt, known as a Guayabera, from Maria Cardenas, during a visit to Girdwood Community Hub.

Maria now lives in Hilltown in Co Down with husband Leo Cullen, but continues to draw inspiration from her native land. She has also made costumes for Game Of Thrones.

The Guaybera is a pocketed linen shirt - in this case made from linen woven in Banbridge.

Maria said: "Colombia will always be my inspiration. People there have a natural poise and dignity which always shines through."

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