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02.05
2016

Mexico City Travel Basics 2: Shopping for Folk Art

Posted by Anne Damon in Mexico City   /   LEAVE A COMMENT

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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01.30
2016

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.

TRADITIONAL VALENTINE'S GIFTS
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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01.21
2016

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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01.05
2016

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

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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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12.26
2015

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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12.17
2015

Mexican Nativity Scenes

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?

12.17
2015

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
09.26
2015

What's the Difference between Day of the Dead and Halloween?

Posted by Anne Damon in Day of the Dead   /   LEAVE A COMMENT
  Do you know anyone who says, "Day of the Dead is like Halloween in Mexico, right?" 
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09.26
2015

What's a Catrina?

Posted by Anne Damon in Day of the Dead   /   LEAVE A COMMENT

Day of the Dead Catrina

This is a catrina. It's a figure of a woman skeleton usually dressed in a nice dress with a large plumed hat. A male skeleton is called a "catrin." And why are they so prevalent during the Days of the Dead?   read more
09.20
2015

What is Day of the Dead in Mexico?

Posted by Anne Damon in Day of the Dead   /   LEAVE A COMMENT

Many people are not familiar with one of the most important holidays in Mexico, Day of the Dead also known as "Muertos" or Dia de los Muertos. Books have been written about the history, meaning, practices and beliefs of this beautiful holiday, but in a super small nutshell, Day of the Dead is

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