Creative Hands of Mexico

  • (COVID) Necesity is the mother of digital invention

    July 9, 2020 by

    This damn pandemic continues to affect the livelihoods of Mexican artisans, most likely for the rest of the year. Perhaps one good thing to come of this will be the embrace of digital resources to promote and sell Mexico’s handcrafted items. Most artisans have not really taken advantage the Internet to sell. One reason certainly… Read more

  • Taking Otomi embroidery to the next level

    July 1, 2020 by

    Tonani Lirio de los Valles is a 3-generation artisan family business, which has taken traditional Tenango embroidery to a new level. The family is not from the town of Tenango, but the embroidery style is the inheritance of this entire area on the Hidalgo/Puebla border called the Sierra Otomi Tepehua. The family is Otomi and… Read more

  • From Grandma, with love

    June 17, 2020 by

    For Artesanias Yotao, the making of dolls has both familial and cultural significance. It is a family of textile artisans located in the city of Oaxaca, with strong ties to the traditional barrio of Xochimilco and its weavers. The women of this family embroider and sew traditional wares such as bedspreads, pillows, aprons, tablecloths, napkins,… Read more

  • Silent jaguars

    June 10, 2020 by

    Starting around twelve years old, Juana Gomez Ramirez provoked the ire of her mother by spending time making jaguar figures instead of the traditional pottery the family made to survive. Gomez is from Amantenango del Valle, a Tzeltal village between San Cristobal de las Casas and Comitan, Chiapas. It has a long history of producing… Read more

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