25 January 2015
Welcome to our first blog post!
After a sweltering festive season up here in North Queensland it is time to get back to work and I thought I would take the opportunity of my first post to share a bit about Mexico, a place where you can eat grasshoppers and pigs head soup, climb pyramids and swim in cenotes (underground caves), get alcohol poisoning from Tequila, see magnificent churches, museums and galleries, sunbake on Carribean beaches and witness ancient Mayan rituals in Catholic churches.
To say Mexico is stimulating to the senses is an understatement, there is so much life that it always takes a few days to adjust to the noises. In every zocalo (town centre), cafés and restaurants are filled with Mariachi’s while children play till the late hours of the evening. But one of my favourite activities of all is visiting the incredible markets. In every town and village you will find one.
If you are hungry, someone will appear with food, when you are thirsty, someone will appear with the freshest most delicious juice to drink. With over 15.7 million Indigenous people in Mexico, comprising 14.9% of the population in many places traditional crafts continue as they have for centuries, albeit using different materials, for more vibrant creative works. The quality of craftsmanship and artistic creativity is incredible and deeply embedded in Mexican culture. You will not find beige and pastel. Colour is everywhere. Even the buildings are brightly painted, flags hang in the streets.
My collection of Mexican folk art started with my first Mexican rag doll “Maria” which I still have today. With lipstick painted cheeks (my addition) she has lasted 33 years. My daughter now has her own “Maria Doll” (or Michoacana), still made by old Indian women who sell them in the streets, as they always have and with the same classic design. From plates, masks, wall hangings, cups, blankets and even talavera tiles not to mention Mexican jewellery – the jade, the amber, the obsidian everything can be found.
These pieces are not mass produced, but normally purchased directly from the talented craftsmen and women who create them.
Each item we sell, we love. We pride ourselves on picking the best quality pieces and being able to showcase these diverse and beautiful Mexican artisan creations. We do not purchase from Australian wholesalers, but directly from Mexico, to bring you the most unique and original range of Mexican products offered in Australia.
With more stock on its way crossing the Pacific, I can’t wait to share it will you. It will be a very busy few weeks!
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From Mexico Con Amor!
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