Mexico? love of celebration is well known, and cartoner?, a kind of papier-m?h?art, produces the objects that are essential to Mexican holidays and festivals, including Day of the Dead, Holy Week, and Christmas. Just about everyone knows what a pi?ta is, but few understand that it is part of an entire branch of traditional handcrafts. With more than 120 photos and bilingual English/Spanish text, here is the history of the craft, how it is woven through Mexican culture, and how the craft is growing and changing. Learn about the traditional objects made with the technique and their importance to Mexican culture. Look inside the studios of several artisans and consider not only the craft? strongholds in Mexico City and Celaya, Guanajuato, but also other areas in Mexico where it is expanding in creativity. A variety of artisans (more than 50 artists, museum directors, and other experts) help identify who the main drivers of this folk art are today, its relevance to modern Mexican culture, and where it is headed.
Leigh Ann Thelmadatter is an English teacher by training but has apprenticed in the field of Mexican handcrafts and folk art living and traveling in the country for 15 years. This apprenticeship came through writing on the subject in Wikipedia for over 10 years. Almost all the content on the subject in Wikipedia is related to her efforts. This work led to the creation of the blog?Creative Hands of Mexico, with a column of the same name in the?Vallarta Tribune?and this book. She has collaborated and connected with numerous artisans, many of whom have graciously opened their workshops and homes to her and her husband/photographer, allowing them to document their work and stories of exceptional creativity.

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