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Cinco de Mayo Is a Minor Holiday in Mexico!

Posted by Anne Damon in Cinco de Mayo, Zinnia Folk Arts News   /   LEAVE A COMMENT
There's sort of always a fiesta going on at Zinnia Folk Arts--it's colorful, there are lots of handmade party decorations and LOTS of gifts but hey, it's  Cinco De Mayo pretty soon and we thought we'd celebrate. Cinco de Mayo is a very minor holiday in Mexico and is pretty much only celebrated in one city, Puebla, because it marks the victory of the Poblanos over the French invaders in 1862. In the United States it's become a holiday that celebrates Mexican heritage and pride. It's not Mexican Independence Day as so many people mistakenly believe.
Here are a few items you might like for your own celebration!
Mexican Paper Flags, Papel Picado
Mexican Papel Picado or Paper Flag Strings, $12 for 30 flags
Mexican Paper Flowers
Mexican Paper Flower Coronas or Crowns, $16 each

Mexican Story Cloths: Hand Embroidery is Still Alive in Michoacán, Mexico

Posted by Anne Damon in Mexican textiles, Michoacan, Recent   /   LEAVE A COMMENT

Michoacán Story Cloths: Hand Embroidery is Alive and Well in Mexico

Almost every ancient culture has a unique way of storytelling, teaching and recording cultural events. Narratives that portray the intricacies and details of everyday life, spiritual teachings and important historical events can be

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Mexico City Travel Basics 2: Shopping for Folk Art

Posted by Anne Damon in Mexico City   /   2 COMMENTS

Shopping in Mexico City

In my Mexico City Travel Basics post, you might have noticed something missing: shopping. Rest assured, the omission wasn’t an oversight—I just wanted to dedicate a whole post to the multi-faceted shopping landscape of the capital city. There’s a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get started. ¡Vamanos!

Shopping in Mexico City can be divided categorically: markets (mercados) and boutiques. I shop in both because I’m always looking for new, interesting pieces and twists on traditional motifs. Luckily, there’s almost always

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What's a Great Mexican Folk Art Valentine's Day Gift?

Posted by Anne Damon in Gift Ideas, Valentine's Day   /   LEAVE A COMMENT

Ok, if you're not thinking of proposing to someone and you're tired of giving the same box of chocolates, the same bouquet of red roses or going out to eat at your favorite restaurant, what could Cupid give this year to reflect love, caring, friendship, affection or just plain old, "I like you."  I've put together a few ideas of gifts which are not the same old, same old, AND tell someone you care about them.

It always helps when giving a gift, to know something about the person and what they like or dislike. That's why we have a WISHLIST in the Mpls shop. But the best gift is one that you choose because you know that person and you think they will like it based on that knowledge...here are a few ideas.

Click through to see the piece in the online shop--if you get the message, "page not found" that means it's been sold.

Jewelry is a pretty traditional for Valentine's Day but these earrings are different from the usual thing because they are handmade of sterling silver in the heartland (get it?) of Mexico. If you'd like to see ALL of the earrings we currently have available, go here.

Mexican Silver Jewelry

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Mexico City Travel Basics, Expert Advice for Visiting D.F.

Posted by Anne Damon in Mexico City, mexico trips, Recent   /   4 COMMENTS

Mexico City is many things (as you’d expect of a metropolitan area of more than 21 million inhabitants) but for many Americans, it is mostly one thing: misunderstood. Whatever the headlines and rumors might say, I’ve found Mexico City to be a feast for the senses—full of colors, tastes, smells and sounds—and above all, home to friendly, warm and generous people. To get to know the city better, a bit of expert guidance goes a long way. On my many visits to D.F. (as the city is sometimes nicknamed—it stands for “Distrito Federal”), I’ve learned the ins and outs of how to navigate this sprawling metropolis and I’m happy to share them with you.

Mexico City

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What Do Moms Like?

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Alejandro Camacho, Mexico City Toymaker Folk Artisan

Posted by Anne Damon in Artisans, Folk Art Toys, Mexico City   /   LEAVE A COMMENT

This article was written by Leigh Thelmadatter, a Mexico City resident and teacher. She has a great blog about interesting folk artists called Creative Hands of Mexico and this article appeared on the Los Amigos de Arte Popular Facebook Page. I encourage you to follow both!

Changing Xochimilco, Changing Occupations, by Leigh Thelmadatter


The change from rural to urban living can cause a kind of identity crises in families. However, some find creative ways to tap into the old to adapt to the new. Alejandro Camacho Barrera comes from a long line of people who worked the land in the south of the Valley of Mexico, in Xochimilco.

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The Traditional Nacimiento (Manger or Creche) in Mexico by Cristina Potters of "Mexico Cooks"

Posted by Anne Damon in Christmas   /   LEAVE A COMMENT

The Traditional Nacimiento (Manger or Creche) in Mexico

This post was written by Cristina Potters of "Mexico Cooks." Cristina lives in Morelia, Michoacán and is an expert on Mexican cooking and Mexican life. Follow her blog right here!

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A Christmas tree may be the central focus of your home decoration during this joyous season of the Christian year.  In most parts of Mexico, though, the Christmas tree is a fairly recent import and the primary focus of the holiday is still on the nacimiento (manger scene, creche, or nativity scene).

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Mexican Nativity Scenes

Posted by Anne Damon in Christmas, Oaxaca, Religious Folk Art, Wood Carvings   /   2 COMMENTS
Here are just a few of the nativities or creche sets we had (or used to have) in our online shop and in the Minneapolis store. Do you know someone who collects Nativities? Or someone who collects Nativities from all over the world?  If you have someone on your list who loves Nativities, we've got you covered. Here are just a few of the many we have in our shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Mexican Nativity Scenes or "Nacimientos" come in all sizes and in all media.
 Tiny Mexican Nativity
This is a very sweet and very tiny nacimiento made in Puebla, Mexico. There are 20 super tiny pieces (tallest is slightly over 1") including the lovely Christmas cactus and lots of animals. The whole amazingly detailed set can be yours by clicking on the photo!

Mexican Nativity, Red

This small nacimiento or nativity has 14 pieces and the tallest piece is about 2" tall. It is made of clay and the little animals are all lying down. Jesus has his little hands waving in the air. Every piece is decorated in red.  Handmade in Mexico.

Mexican Nativity, Oaxaca

This is a charming nativity set carved and painted by the Santiago family in La Union, Oaxaca. The tallest piece  (the angel) measures about 5.25" tall. The carving is elegantly simple and the painting, bright and colorful. There are 10 pieces. Very unique and a lovely piece of Mexican folk art.

Mexican Nativity, Oaxaca

This is a stunning, large, wooden carved and painted 11 piece nativity set by Roberta Angeles, sister of Jacobo Angeles. They live in San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca. The pieces range in size from about 6" to 9". Each piece is painted in great detail. And the carving is exquisite. A beautiful set.

Do you have any questions? Or are you looking for another type of nacimiento?


Frida Kahlo Christmas Ornament

Posted by Anne Damon in Christmas, Frida Kahlo   /   3 COMMENTS

This is a beautiful glass ornament depicting Mexico's most famous artist, Frida Kahlo. Yes, she has likely exceeded the popularity of Diego Rivera, Siquieros and many other men of her time. The ornament was hand-blown and hand-painted in Krakow, Poland. It measures about 9" tall and adds a little vida to any Christmas tree.

Click on the photo or on the highlighted text to purchase!

Frida Kahlo Christmas Ornament
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