The iconic rebozo

  If you have read anything about the Mexican Revolution, then you have very likely seen this photograph (above) which depicts unnamed "Adelitas" or women who fought with or otherwise supported Mexican rebel troops. If you look at the women in this photo, each one is wearing one singular Mexican garment in one way or … Continue reading The iconic rebozo

Mayan trolls/elves

I first saw these at the Doll Museum in Amealco, Querétaro while looking for more information about the María dolls which are a ubiquitous part of Mexican souvenir sales. They grabbed my attention, sidetracking me from the more traditional exhibits in the small halls. At first glance, they have a very similar appeal as the troll … Continue reading Mayan trolls/elves

Getting attacked by “small bulls”

(Don't forget to check out the videos at the end of the article!) Perhaps one major thing that Americans and Western Europeans have to adjust to living in Mexico is a very different attitude towards public safety and personal responsibility. The rules and restrictions we are used to in our native countries "for our own … Continue reading Getting attacked by “small bulls”

Mexico City’s first and oldest vendor of Mexican folk art

Hidden on Isabel la Catolica Street on the southern edge of the historic center of Mexico City lies a treasure. This treasure lies not only in the merchandise for sale, but the history and the people related to the enterprise. The only thing that marks the location is a small sign with "Victor's Artes populares … Continue reading Mexico City’s first and oldest vendor of Mexican folk art

National “Encounter” of Traditional Cartonería (paper mache)

Over the centuries, the various branches of Mexican handcrafts have seen their ups and downs. Some have disappeared and some struggle to make a comeback. Cartonería (or hard paper mache) can be classed in the latter category. It reached peaks in the 19th century and again in the mid 20th century, until the banning of … Continue reading National “Encounter” of Traditional Cartonería (paper mache)

Huipil, widespread but nearly invisible.

It is the most common and oldest Mexican traditional garment in use, but it is almost unknown to most visitors to the country. Even if tourists see the garment, few know what it is called and almost none know its history or significance. Mexico has a wide variety of traditional clothing that is still worn, … Continue reading Huipil, widespread but nearly invisible.

What are those dolls called?

  Just about every tourist who has spent significant time in Mexico has come across these dolls, but what are they?  Oddly enough little has been written about Mexican dolls at all. The only name I have found for these rag dolls, with ribbon-decked hair with braids and something that looks like indigenous dress is … Continue reading What are those dolls called?