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Thanks for stopping in... We’re a small Mexican folk art store located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We personally choose ALL of our hand made pieces from talented artisans all over the great country of Mexico.

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Mexican Silver Arracada or Crescent Hoop-Shaped Earrings

Posted by Anne Damon in Mexican silver jewelry   /   LEAVE A COMMENT

One of the most common shapes for handmade earrings in Mexico is the "arracada" or crescent shaped. Many, many women wear arracadas made from sterling silver or gold. I've been told that In some regions (Zacatecas) the arracada earring is a gift to a very young girl from her relatives and she wears them exclusively. Some arracadas

Mexican Arracada Earrings

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Tacky Collections?

Posted by Anne Damon in Living With Folk Art, recent   /   LEAVE A COMMENT

We all know I've been a collector of Mexican stuff for a long time but I have a few things that I collect that you'll never see in the shop because they are so tacky no one would ever buy them! I am good at staying away from really bad ceramics, souvenirs such as ashtrays and shot glasses with the name of Mexican vacation spot, anything black velvet, Mexican sombreros, BUT, I do have a weakness for some tacky stuff that in my little weird world of "grouping multiples together"works for me and increases the coolness.  For example,

I love those old Mexican feather paintings of exotic birds! And those carved wooden frames--fantastic. Yes, I know they are super tacky but don't they look great all clumped together? This is the back office of the Zinnia world HQ. They started their lives in the 1950's as souvenirs for American visitors to Mexico. They all pretty much have the same tag on the back that describes (in English) the story of feathercraft. And note that this souvenir was $1.65. Every one is different, brightly colored and super tacky. Love it.

Do you collect anything that you'd only keep in your private office or somewhere out of the way?


Big and Small Mexican Jewelers

Posted by Anne Damon in Mexico Trips, recent   /   LEAVE A COMMENT
Taxco, Mexico is one of the largest silver jewelry producing locations in the world. Within Taxco there are large silver shops with hundreds of employees and tiny little workshops run by one silversmith. Here's a photo of the back room of one of the bigger ones for buyers of jewelry for resale. All of those little bins in the background contained a unique type of bracelet, earring, necklace etc. I was amazed at the organization and as you can see, these lovely young women are packing up some bracelets for me...
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Artesanos of Rural Mexico

Posted by Anne Damon in Mexico Trips, Recent   /   LEAVE A COMMENT
I like to visit artisans wherever I go, whether it's Mexico City, a small pueblito or a medium sized town. It's always so rewarding to learn more about the process of making their art and to see where the magic happens. On this trip...   read more

Sunday in Mexico City

Posted by Anne Damon in Mexico Trips, Recent   /   LEAVE A COMMENT

Due to a little problem with my USBank debit card (ie not able to get cash) I was forced to not shop today, so here are a few photos of what to do in Mexico City when one can't shop for folk art....

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Buying Trip

Posted by Anne Damon in Mexico Trips, Recent, Zinnia Folk Arts News   /   LEAVE A COMMENT
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Best Video about Mexico City Ever

Posted by Anne Damon in Mexico Trips, recent   /   LEAVE A COMMENT
This video was filmed in 2011 but it is still the best, most artistic and creative video about Mexico City,
one of the most interesting cities in the world. Enjoy!

13 Cool And Interesting Facts About the Spanish Language

Posted by Anne Damon in Speaking Spanish   /   LEAVE A COMMENT
13 Cool and Interesting Facts about the Spanish Language and BOOM, in an infographic format...   read more

Mexican Folk Art Vases for Summer Bouquets

Posted by Anne Damon in Mexican ceramics   /   LEAVE A COMMENT
Need some ideas of perfect summer gifts to hold those gorgeous blooms? Click on the title to take you to the full post...
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Handpainted Mexican Plates in the Talavera Style

Posted by Anne Damon in Mexican ceramics   /   LEAVE A COMMENT
Almost every region of Mexico has a unique style of ceramic dish, cooking or serving ware, made from the clay and organic materials that are available in the region. Some areas specialize in brown clay, others in white. Some areas burnish their clay work, others glaze it, others hand paint and glaze. Some regions are famous for a certain color combination and others leave their ceramics...CLICK ON THE TITLE TO READ THE FULL POST...   read more
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