Carnival costume in Mexico

Mexico does not come immediately to mind when thinking about Carnival/Mardi Gras, but it does has a number of important events and unique traditions. According to Mexico Desconocido, there are ten important Carnivals in the country: those in Mazatlan, Veracruz, Campeche, in various small towns in Morelos, Mérida, Huejotzingo, Puebla, Pinotepa de Don Luis, Oaxaca, … Continue reading Carnival costume in Mexico

A plate for your bread?

Acambaro is a large town in the far south of the state of Guanajuato. Like many places here, its  name is from the Purhepecha language ("place of magueyes") as it was part of the Purhepecha (or Tarasco) Empire, centered in what is now Michoacan. A line of mountains separates it from its neighbor and the … Continue reading A plate for your bread?

The French, a small Mixe community and blouses

In January 2015, a controversy erupted when singer Susana Harp uploaded two photographs onto her social networks: one of a blouse by designer Isabel Marant, and the other with traditional blouses worn by the Mixe women of the small mountain community of Santa María Tlahuitoltepec. This was followed by a charge of plaguarism.   The post … Continue reading The French, a small Mixe community and blouses

Metepec, local pottery hidden among suburbia

Featured image-Calvario Church in Metepec with ceramic mural (Credit:Ismamq) When I first moved to Mexico in 2003, I landed in Toluca, a fast-growing city just west of Mexico City. Not so long ago the area was rural, with an economy based on agriculture, handcrafts and trades. That all changed in the second half of the 20th … Continue reading Metepec, local pottery hidden among suburbia