The 50th concurso or juried folk art competition was held this year in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán during the festivities of Day of the Dead. A total of 2094 pieces were entered representing numerous divisions of folk art competing for prizes amounting to $750,000 pesos (approximately $41,000 USD). Teams of judges were […]
It was a sad day when I received the news that my good friend and extraordinary investigator of Mayan textiles and culture had passed on to another dimension. Over the years Chip and I worked with Aid to Artisans and the Barro sin Plomo project together. We travelled together in […]
The grand opening of Destino Pátzcuaro was held on Thursday, October 24, 2019. A great crowd enjoyed the premier of three new shops and galleries including Aubergine, Puerta del Cielo, Origen México and the new home of zócalo galería. The grand opening kicked off the Day of the Dead festivities […]
Arts and Crafts of Mexico by Chloë Sayer, first published in the United States by Chronicle Books in 1990, is the “go to” book for information on Mexican Folk Art. Whether you are a novice and just beginning to learn about Mexican Folk Art or a diehard collector, this book […]
It is with a heavy heart, I say good bye to a dear friend, a true genius and incredible artisan in the world of Mexican Folk Art. QEPD Saulo Moreno Hernández. Saulo Moreno Hernández ( April 28, 1933 – July 24, 2018) QEPD. I have tried to write this post several […]
MASCARAS MEXICANAS by Roberto Montenegro is the first book published devoted entirely to Mexican masks. The book includes text by Roberto Montenegro, Xavier Villaurrutia and Ramón Mena and was printed by Talleres Gráficos de la Nación in 1926. The first edition was 2500 examples consisting of 134 pages and 47 photographic plates.
The negrito masks of Michoacán are used for the Danza de los Negritos. The mask and dress vary depending on the community. These dances are performed in San Lorenzo, Nurio and Ocumicho for the pastorelas and in Uruapan for the fiesta or feast day of Santa Magdalena. Below are several examples and the fiesta for […]