Tradition and innovation at the Alebrije parade

For the 13th year in a row, monsters have taken over the streets of the historic center of Mexico City. The Monumental Alebrijes Parade has become the kick-off to the capital's Day of the Dead celebrations, one of its most important tourist seasons, drawing over 450,000 visitors for a nearly two-week time period. The parade … Continue reading Tradition and innovation at the Alebrije parade

Saving Mazahua traditional jewelry

One of the most important Mazahua communities is the municipality of San Felipe del Progreso, a forgotten corner of the State of Mexico about 2 hours northwest of Mexico City. This community has had a difficult time of it in the past century, despite its proximity to the country's capital and the industry of the … Continue reading Saving Mazahua traditional jewelry

Silk and lace and ribbons and beads and…

The wonderful thing about cloth dolls is that there are few limits to an artistan's creativity in making one. Materials for construction of all kinds abound to be purchased or even found. For this reason, most doll makers find their niche through the kinds of materials they use, a particular style, or both. In some … Continue reading Silk and lace and ribbons and beads and…

Huizache-finding strength in numbers and tradition

A perennial problem that artisans have is the push-pull between production and sales. Any time spent on sales takes time away from production, but relying on resellers results in very low prices for artisans. One answer that a number of artisans have found is in cooperatives. The simplest and most successful of these have been … Continue reading Huizache-finding strength in numbers and tradition