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Como se dice? (How do you say...?)

Peggy Stein artesania crafts folk art Mexican

Como se dice? (How do you say...?)

People often ask what we sell. I will answer “crafts” and sometimes "folk art"-- if I'm talking to people who don't understand Spanish. There just isn’t a good translation for the word artesania. Sometimes Spanish speaking experts in the field call it Arte Popular, but these days that isn't used much. The problem with both the Spanish term artesania and the English term "crafts" is that people have different ideas of what that is. We do not sell crochet items or cute DIY things made with supplies from hobby and craft stores. We don't sell piñatas either. Most of the items we...

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Crazy for Mexican Crafts?

Peggy Stein artesania crafts Mexican textiles

Crazy for Mexican Crafts?

After twelve years of selling artesania to American customers, I cannot tell you what kind of person will be a Mexican artesania addict. Maybe you're one! A lot of my merchandise is housewares and decorative items, but we also carry woven rebozos and embroidered blouses, which some women are absolutely crazy for. Not everyone feels comfortable wearing an "ethnic" piece of wearable folk art, but there are some women, and again I can't predict who they will be, who embrace the style enthusiastically. These customers usually come back for more because the blouses make them happy. I believe that's what art is...

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No more art without the artist

Peggy Stein

No more art without the artist

...when something is handmade i.e. made by hands, HUMAN hands, then those hands belong to someone. Who is that person, or at least, where do they live?

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Welcome to our new home!

Peggy Stein

Welcome to our new home!

It's been a long time coming, but I'm happy to have found this new home for Mexico By Hand's online store. Much work and many hurdles to jump over, but we got here at long last. Of course I expect to be tweaking things as we go along, because like any big move, one can't unpack all the boxes at once and I may still want to rearrange some furniture. But we're in our new home and I think we're ready to have some guests. In mid-June I'll be heading to Mexico again to buy more fabulous artesania, which I will be posting here on the site...

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Copper Art and Cazos- A Handmade Tradition

Peggy Stein cazo copper Santa Clara del Cobre

Copper Art and Cazos- A Handmade Tradition

  Gorgeous copper vases like this one are produced every day in small workshops scattered around one small town in Mexico -- Santa Clara del Cobre in the state of Michoacán--one of the places the U.S. State Dept. says we shouldn't visit. Every year I'm asked if I still go there, or someone tells me that they'd love to go back, but they sadly can't do that anymore, because, "well, you know--it isn't safe anymore". While I can't deny the reality of violence experienced by Mexican citizens due to the drug cartels, I tell you that the only sounds interrupting...

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