Handcrafts and biodiversity in central Mexico

The Museo de Arte Popular (Folk Art Museum, or MAP) in the historic center of Mexico City is one, if not most, innovative museums of its kind. While it covers the basics of permanent and temporary of classic Mexican handcrafts and folk art, it is also interested in exploring themes which often do not get … Continue reading Handcrafts and biodiversity in central Mexico

Blurring the line between handcraft and art

Oaxaca is one of Mexicos' powerhouses both in terms of handcrafts AND art. Those who have experience in both worlds easily blend the two, with no apologies. It is this blending of fine art with traditional ceramics that allows Manuel Reyes of Yanhuitlan, Oaxaca to stand out in a state where amazing handcrafts abound. Believing very … Continue reading Blurring the line between handcraft and art

Holy Week creativity in Mexico

(Featured image: Good Friday procession in Xochislahuaca, Guerrero) Holy Week still plays an important cultural, and indeed economic, role in Mexico. Which it is seems to be mostly determined by whether one is from a urban or rural area, although there are exceptions. For most urban Mexicans, this is a major vacation period as most … Continue reading Holy Week creativity in Mexico

University students work to support Mexico’s textile traditions

    Back in November, this blog profiled the Feria Maestros de Arte. This article is dedicated to a similar event, focused on Mexico's textile traditions The Annual Festival of Textiles (Festival Anual de Textiles) has its origins in classes on backstrap weaving at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)   by founder Yautic Quiroz while he was … Continue reading University students work to support Mexico’s textile traditions

Didn’t learn my lesson with the bulls the first time

Perhaps I was too safe when I went to see the toritos at the Fiesta de Luces y Música in Santiago Zapotitlan, because not only did I go to see the  "Pamplona" event in the Mexican fireworks capital of Tultepec, I was down on the plaza ready to get punished ! The Pamplona (named after the … Continue reading Didn’t learn my lesson with the bulls the first time