Doña Rosa and black clay pottery

It is nearly impossible to understate the effect the tourism industry has had on Mexican handcrafts. Once produced almost entirely for local and utilitarian purposes, the overwhelming majority are now produced as decorative items, and for people who want to bring a piece of Mexico home with them. One of the best examples of this … Continue reading Doña Rosa and black clay pottery

Three, maybe four, generations of basketmakers

The Hernandez family lives just outside the small town of San Martin Coapaxtongo, in the municipality of Tenancingo, State of Mexico, just southwest of Mexico City. As I do not have a car, Javier Hernandez graciously offered to pick me up from the San Martin bus stop on the highway. Good thing, too... as the … Continue reading Three, maybe four, generations of basketmakers

A playful mural for a playful artisan in Mexico City

By Laramie Xhico Garcia As you may well know, I love Mexico City. I can't get enough of the food, people, art and culture. On my last trip here, I stumbled across a small workshop in Colonia Roma guarded outside by some fiberglass devils. I was with my friend, Leslie, and we decided to explore … Continue reading A playful mural for a playful artisan in Mexico City

A struggling museum with treasures inside

Michoacan is one of Mexico's major producers of handcrafts, a number of which are truely fine works of art, but unfortunately, do not get the attention they deserve. The main reason Michoacan's handcraft traditions are unknown is that the state is not a major tourism destination, lacking destinations such as Acapulco in neighboring Guerrero state. It … Continue reading A struggling museum with treasures inside

Otomi creativity among foggy cliffs

The municipality of Tenango de Doria, Hidalgo is about a 4-5 hour drive from Mexico City, but it is an entire world away. The communities here are wedged among extremely rugged mountains, often covered in mist and fog, looking much like Chinese mountain paintings. It is on the western side of the Sierra Madre Oriental, … Continue reading Otomi creativity among foggy cliffs

Humble Apron Elevates to Fashion Statement and Identity in Oaxaca, Mexico

By Norma Schafer Here in the Tlacolula Valley, and most villages surrounding the city of Oaxaca, the apron is more than a utilitarian article of clothing used to protect the wearer’s garment from getting soiled. It is a statement of identity, style, and social class. Walk around the Tlacolula Market on Sunday, or any day … Continue reading Humble Apron Elevates to Fashion Statement and Identity in Oaxaca, Mexico

Handcrafts steal the show

The Expo de los Pueblos Indígenas (Indigenous Peoples Expo) is an annual event sponsored by Mexico's National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Communities held at the Expo Reforma. While mostly geared towards "chilangos" (Mexico City natives), it is a worthwhile event for all Mexican folk art enthusiasts. Although set up to highlight what indigenous … Continue reading Handcrafts steal the show