Big pendant that will add spark to your outfit. It is made of colorful woven cloth encased on a rectangle aluminum case. on top o that, it is embroidered with metal amulets, Mexican dolls and beads. It is a piece that encloses many aspects of Mexican folklore like the “miracles” that are offered on churches, and lucky charms typically hand made by skilled artisans.
A little bit about Mexican “miracles”
When we talk about Mexican crafts, it is impossible not to combine factors such as religion, pre-Hispanic cultures, paganism and colors in abundance. Mexican miracles are small pieces of goldsmiths that conjugate this reality very well. Originally, they come from the religious field where the believer approached the saints to ask for miracles and in return, they offered little figures referring to the requested miracle. Ailments of the heart, legs, eyes, or hands were offered with figurines and left at the church for the Saint to do the work. In today's Mexican pop culture, these little pieces have become popular and have managed to go beyond their original place to be used to create art, housewares and jewelry.
A little bit more about “Escapularios”
Scapulars are small pieces of cloth used on the neck, which in Mexico, were originally used by Catholic orders from Spain at the time of colonialism. Each order had different scapulars depending on the Saint under which they were consecrated. Later, regular people began to use them as a sign of protection, consecrating to a particular saint. Currently scapulars are part of Mexican popular culture, as this culture is tremendously influenced by religious beliefs.
A little bit more about “Catrina”
The Catrina figure dates from the time of the Mexican Revolution. The Catrina emerged as a caricature of death that invites us to accept the closeness we have with it and to see it as something comical or humoristic. Mostly used for the celebration of the Day of the Dead in Mexico, the Catrina is a figure that has been simplified and adapted to the current popular culture, and has positioned itself as one of the most used figures in Mexican folklore.
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The waist loom is a very old technique used by Mesoamerican cultures. At present, artisans continue to use this technique to make some of the pieces they use for their clothing as well as items and accessories for the home. This technique used in some communities of Oaxaca and Chiapas, consists of intertwining threads of any type of fiber in a wooden loom, tying them to a pole or tree on one side and to the waist of the craftsman on the other; and interconnecting perpendicularly other threads with chopsticks to give the finish to the weft of the fabric.
The elaboration of a square of 14” X 14” is a slow process that can take from 6 to 8 hours to finish!
Unfortunately, these ancestral techniques have been replicated with machines, removing the human element, in such a way that their production is greater in a shorter time. Naturally, this has repercussions for the original producers, creators of these crafts, because it is impossible to compete with the prices generated by cheap production.