Back and forth across the Pacific or Is it Mexican?

Before I write this post, I'm going to have to make a confession. When I first saw these crocheted figures, I immediately dismissed them... and for the same reasons that a lot of newer handcrafts done by women are dismissed. I simply assumed that it these were copies of some fad in the United States … Continue reading Back and forth across the Pacific or Is it Mexican?

“National” Doll Festival in Amealco

How a good idea gets smothered by competing interests. Amealco is a small town located in southern Queretaro near the borders with the State of Mexico and Michoacan. It is a largely Otomi area, where women in traditional dress and the Otomi language are easy to find. It has recently been designated as a Pueblo … Continue reading “National” Doll Festival in Amealco

Skulls in honor of Francisco Toledo

On October 29, the Angel Gil Hermida Folk Art Museum in Villahermosa, Tabasco held an unusual and very appropriate memorial for an icon of Mexico's art world, Francisco Toledo. Although classified as part of the Ruptura (Breakaway) generation, which rebelled against Mexican muralism, Toledo himself would breakaway from them to found the Oaxaca School of … Continue reading Skulls in honor of Francisco Toledo

From Persia to the State of Mexico to Chiapas

The Feria Nacional de la Cultura Rural was recommended to me as worth visiting for handcrafts. The demise of my favorite Mexico City event, the Feria de los Pueblos Indígenas, meant the loss of a very important source of contact with artisans outside of my immediate region. Admittedly, I waited until the last day to … Continue reading From Persia to the State of Mexico to Chiapas

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

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…