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
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?
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
San Felipe Santiago is a small community just off the highway that connects Toluca and Zitácuaro in the State of Mexico. It is still rural, on rolling hills mostly covered by fields. The area used to be forested, with remnants still stubbornly clinging in the higher elevations. It is a Mazahua community which struggles to … Continue reading Women banding together
While every area of Mexico has its charms, one of the few places I never tire of returning is the Central Valleys area of Oaxaca, in the center of the state. With a dry, comfortable to warm climate, it is home to the state capital (also called Oaxaca). Oaxaca is known for its prominent indigenous … Continue reading Magical handcraft route in Oaxaca
By Leslie Rutlege Froylan Hernandez spends his days in his home studio in the Centro area of Puerto Vallarta, using his vivid imagination to create casserole dishes that might look like a pig, have a frog for a handle, or whose lid has been decorated with an octopus. He makes plates & platters in the … Continue reading Unique pottery in Puerto Vallarta
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
Alvaro Santillán may be as notable for his character as he is for his work. He has a presence, a kind of charisma, which is very useful because his basis as an artisan is with his other work, that of storyteller and local historian. Now in his 60s, he has led a life with many … Continue reading Toys and stories- Taller Tlamaxcalli