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Zinnia Blog

10.08
2017

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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08.31
2017

What is a Mexican Tree of Life?

Posted by Anne Damon in Mexican ceramics, Religious Folk Art   /   LEAVE A COMMENT

This blog post was copied with kind permission from Dyana Garza Levin of the Copal Store in San Jose del Cabo. I thank her for compiling information in a way that is easy to understand and comprehensive! I’ve taken the liberty of editing it very slightly and adding a few links but the structure and important points are Dyana’s.

“A Mexican Tree of Life is a hand coiled pottery sculpture depicting the biblical Tree of Life: traditionally the tree sculpture would include Adam and Eve with the tempting Serpent, but the themes have evolved over time and today it is common to find Trees of Life conveying subject matter such as Day of the Dead and the Folk Art of Mexico.

Tree of Life, Aurelio Flores, Zinnia Folk Arts

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08.24
2017

Mexican Textiles 101: Cochineal, A Natural Way to Create Red Dye

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

Oaxaca, a coastal state in southern Mexico, is home to a significant number of indigenous cultures, including the Zapotecs and Mixtecs, and is also notable for its biological diversity, as measured by the variety of plant and animal species present.  These resources and influences have contributed to Oaxaca’s position as a leading producer of handcrafts in Mexico.  One of those resources in particular, a scale insect known as cochineal (Dactylopius coccus), is responsible for a strong red natural dye known as carmine.  Extracts from cochineal have been used in Mexico since at least the fifteenth century (and in Peru for much longer), significantly impacted international trade during the Colonial Period, and continuing to be important in “coloring” our modern world.

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08.03
2017

30 Years in 100 Year Old Home--Living with Mexican Folk Art

Posted by Anne Damon in   /   2 COMMENTS

Our home in Minneapolis was included on the Apartment Therapy "House Call" on July 3, 2017.

Here's the article and the photos. And here's the link if you want to see it on their website

 

sunroom

Name: Anne and her husband 

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota 
The basics: 30 years, owned — 3,500 square feet

Anne's home has the sort of settled into style that many of us dream about when we look at the bare walls of our new houses and apartments. Decorated with a mix of thrift store steals and colorful imports, Anne and

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06.29
2017

15 Links in Honor of Frida Kahlo’s 110th Birthday

Posted by Anne Damon in Frida Kahlo, recent   /   LEAVE A COMMENT

July is here, which means that it is time to celebrate all things Frida Kahlo, in honor of her birthday on July 6. Last year we marked the occasion by sharing 5 Surprising Facts about her.  In the past, we have also reviewed her connection to the Huipil, a traditional garment which she is famous for wearing regularly, and shared information about her close relationship to Mexican Folk Art.

Frida Kahlo

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06.25
2017

Mexican Textiles 101: What is a Mexican Rebozo?

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

The next topic in our Mexican Textile 101 series is the ubiquitous Mexican rebozo.  A rebozo is a Mexican shawl, simultaneously elegantly simple and culturally significant.  It is a quintessential Mexican staple, which evolved during the colonial period, and through time has been worn (and still is!) by all kinds of Mexican women, from indigenous women living in the mountains and valleys of Mexico to the most sophisticated business women and urban dwellers, from new mothers to elderly grandmothers to glamorous movie stars and heads of state.  It is a garment mainly worn by women and is believed to enhance the grace of her movement while worn, as well as keep her warm in the place of a jacket or sweater.  There are delicate rebozos of light-as-air silk for special occasions, such as Mexican Independence Day or a wedding, but there are also more durable workhorse rebozos, which are used to sling children onto one’s back, carry heavy loads, or even assist during childbirth!  

 Mexican Rebozo

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06.10
2017

What is a Nicho Box?

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

Mexican Nicho Box

 

Have you been shopping on Zinnia’s website, come across a nicho box and wondered, what on earth is a nicho box?  If you have, you are not alone.  Let us explain.

 A nicho box, or simply ‘nicho’, is a three-dimensional or recessed display box, much in the spirit of a shadow box, used as a portable shrine to an important figure or loved one.  

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05.21
2017

5 Mexican Folk Art Gifts Everyone Loves

Posted by Anne Damon in charms   /   LEAVE A COMMENT
Gifts for friends or relatives can be tough to select! You don't want to give the same old thing to everyone but being creative in your gift giving can take time and energy you may not have. We specialize in the unique. We also specialize in one of kind gifts that people, whether they are relatives, best friends, or neighbors, will love and   read more
05.21
2017

Eloy Santiago Wood Carving, Oaxaca, Mexico

Posted by Anne Damon in Oaxaca   /   LEAVE A COMMENT

Another exquisite Mexican wood carving from Eloy Santiago of La Union, Oaxaca. This one-of-a-kind piece is a father and son on their way to market with a load of chickens on one side and piglets on the other. Eloy always captures the whimsy of Mexico's rural life with his wonderful carving and vibrant painting. Click on the photo for our current stock of Eloy Santiago wood carvings!

Eloy Santiago Wood Carving, Oaxaca, Mexico
05.01
2017

What Do Moms Like?

Talavera Table Setting at Zinnia Folk Arts

 Some Moms like beautiful handmade ceramics for serving dinner or entertaining friends....

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