Saturday, December 21, 2013

Winter Walk


Walking to the Christmas Market



Piñatas on their way to Market

Vendor Emerges from a Sea of Color

Young Artist Adds Finishing Touches




Slumbering Till Christmas Day

Walking towards the Bellas Artes

Dinosaur Sized Cricket

Entering the Bellas Artes

Greeted by a Mojiganga

Smiling Señoras

Artisan Heritage of Mojiganga Painting

Bejeweled Calaca





Workshop of the Luthier

Deep Water Wall Textures

Intersection of Color







































Lonely Cloud



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video

Mojigangas are the giant dancing puppets that add festive energy to celebrations. Tradition dates these figures of cardboard, paper and cloth to the 1600's when they were brought by Spaniards to San Miguel de Allende. During religious pilgrimages they were designed to evoke joy and were crafted as effigies of saints and kings. Over time Mexican artisans fashioned them satirically to poke fun at public figures. Local craftsman use materials available to them and making a puppet involves creating the frame of the body in the same "castillo" style of making fireworks. The head is like a piñata and the hands are often sewn or made from paper maché. The sewing of the costumes, painting of the faces and adding of embellishment breathes personality into these larger than life puppets. There is nothing quite like seeing these lively figures dance with tambora music and I shot this video in the zocalo last night.

Santiago with 2 Mojiganga Dancers


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