Mexican Folk Catrina Necklace
🔸EACH ONE OF THESE NECKLACES IS DIFFERENT. THEY ARE SUBJECT TO THE IMAGINATION AND THE MOMENTUM OF THE CRAFTSMAN AT THE MOMENT OF CREATION. THE COLOR COMBINATIONS AND MOTIFS THAT ADORN IT ARE ALWAYS VARIABLE.🔸
🎋This is definitely a conversation piece, a one of a kind piece of Mexican Art.
This piece speaks about the folklore and tradition that is lived in Mexico. It is made with mixed materials and crafts from different regions like sets of hand-woven straw beads, representations of clay crockery and tableware, stamps and amulets with images of Frida Kahlo, the Virgin of Guadalupe and different saints, as well as lucky charms and hand-embroidered mini-hearts. All this mixed elements give magic and a unique personality to this Folkloric Necklace.
It’s main piece is the hand-embroidered Catrina, with is an iconic symbol from the Day of the Dead, celebrated in the Mexican culture.
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 HAND EMBROIDERY TECHNIQUE :
The practice of embroidery is a very ancient practice dating from the pre-Hispanic era. Through this technique, artisans make an impression of their reality, using elements that surround them as flowers, birds and landscapes. The artisans embroider this flower with pedal machines, just like they've been doing it for centuries.
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.