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Mila's Mask, a new bilingual children's book about Mexican folk art and crafts!

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Mila's Mask, a new bilingual children's book about Mexican folk art and crafts!

A new children's book by Mexico By Hand's founder Peggy Stein. Mila's Mask/ La Máscara de Mila is the story of a little girl in the United States who spends a great deal of time at her grandparent's house which is full of colorful Mexican folk art. 

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Mexico By Hand and the Diego Rivera exhibit at SFMOMA!

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Mexico By Hand and the Diego Rivera exhibit at SFMOMA!

It was a challenging project to bring artesánia from Michoacán to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for the Diego Rivera exhibit, but Mexico By Hand  is thrilled and honored to play a part of this wonderful show. Here's how it happened...

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Huancito pots: Another story behind the art!

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Huancito pots: Another story behind the art!

We have a lot of incredible memories (both good and bad) of buying and selling the beautiful burnished clay pots of Huancito. I love their art and enjoy sharing it with folks in the U.S. Here's a good story about how we met a young artisan from one of the village's families online. 

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Pine Needle Baskets, part 2

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Pine Needle Baskets, part 2

No hay mal que por bien no venga."There's nothing bad through which good doesn't come". My original story about our pine needle baskets was written in March of 2019. This post includes some of that story-- plus an update. In the past 17 years I have bought and sold thousands of pieces of handmade artesania (crafts) from Mexico, including dozens of pine needle baskets. I’ve acquired the baskets various ways-- sometimes from the artisans themselves while I’m in Mexico and they happen to be selling in Morelia or Uruapan, and other times through my assistant who arranges a purchase for me...

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Another Michoacán Great Master

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I am very sad to share the news that we recently lost another great Mexican folk artist--Antonio Anita Mejia of Michoacán. I have known Antonio since 2003 and Mexico By Hand has bought and sold dozens of his beautiful pieces over the years. As a matter of fact, I have many right now waiting to be shipped from Mexico to California. I first noticed Antonio in front of his colorfully painted bateas and trasteritos at the Dia de los Muertos market in Patzcuaro, and took this photo. He was sitting just outside of the official artisans booth area at the...

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