Up onto the bridge and out into the world

95D is the main highway that links Mexico City and the resort of Acapulco. It was built primarily so that chilangos can get to the glitzy resorts with a minimum of time. It passes over some very rugged and isolated terrain with the use of more than a few suspension bridges spanning high over narrow … Continue reading Up onto the bridge and out into the world

Banding together at the Red House

It's no secret that artisans and artists struggle to make a living from their work. Necessity, being the mother of invention, prompted some to come up with creative ideas for marketing. The Casa Roja (Red House) is a cooperative located in the Centro Historico of Chilpancingo, the capital the state of Guerrero (better known for … Continue reading Banding together at the Red House

Pine needles

The craft is called ocoxal. Baskets are made of all kinds of materials in Mexico, based on the plants that are locally available. Many are similar to those made in other parts of the world: others, like the coiled baskets of northern Mexico are recognizable to that region. But those made of pine needles are … Continue reading Pine needles

Lights, acrylic and stripes

One reason this column is named "Creative Hands of Mexico" is because I regularly run into creative work that spans outside of the traditional notion of "handcrafts" into design, art and other disciplines. The work crosses lines because it either has a "popular" aspect (as in popular culture) and/or objects of a utilitarian nature. I … Continue reading Lights, acrylic and stripes

The struggle of Mazahuas in Mexico City

The Flor de Mazahua (Mazahua Flower) workshop has it roots in a government program which is the likely origin of the ubiquitous María doll. Unfortunately, the phenomenal success of this doll has not translated into success for the Mazahua (and Otomi) women who stitched thousands of them in Mexico City. In fact, while the Mazahua … Continue reading The struggle of Mazahuas in Mexico City