Images by @mimexicotradicional & @muneca_mexicana
Mexico has a long history of making rag dolls, but the ones known popularly from their appearance nationally, especially in tourist venues may date back only to the 1970's during the time the workshop was running.
The dolls are strongly tied to Amealco, where seventy percent of the indigenous population or about 3,000 people are dedicated to the making of these and another type of rag doll, which accounts for at least part of their income. Many are self-taught or taught through friends or family.Amealco has the first museum in Mexico dedicated solely to traditionally handcrafted dolls, located in the town center in a building from the 19th century.
Although Amealco is strongly connected to these dolls, their making is not limited and has spread into various states, with some variations in dress and appearance, but always keeping with wide faces and hair generously braided with ribbons.
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Alejandra is an emerging Mexican artist from Sonora, currently living in Denver, CO. With a background in Architecture, she has always been interested in graphic arts and expressing herself in an artistic form. She specializes in illustrations and mixed media paintings, always making sure she uses her favorite medium on every piece, which is watercolor.
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