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ERIC Number: ED149901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Mexican Folkart for Children.
Dominguez, Graciela; And Others
Directions, suggested materials, and illustrations are given for making paper mache pinatas and masks, cascarones, Ojos de Dios, maracas, dresser scarf embroidery, burlap murals, yarn designs, paper plate trays, paper cut designs, the poppy, sarape aprons, and paper Mexican dolls. Filled with candy and broken, the pinata is used on most Mexican festive occasions. Masks were very important in Mexico's primitive cultures. Used in fiestas and carnivals, cascarones are confetti-filled eggshells which add a gaiety and color to the occasion and are usually broken over the head of a loved one. Hand-made maracas are an art project which can be used for music and game time. A weaving art of various Indian groups of the Western Hemisphere, the Ojos de Dios ("Eyes of God") were used as good luck charms in the homes. Dresser scarf embroidery, a type of Mexican handicraft, is becoming a lost art. Murals are very much a part of Mexican art. Wall hangings of yarn on burlap, a popular folkart sold in Mexico, are simple designs outlined with yarn. The paper plates actually look like the wooden lacquered trays used in Mexican homes and can be used as table decorations or snack trays. Paper cut designs which are similar to "snowflakes" can be seen hanging in the placitas during the Christmas festivals in Mexico. The poppy is one of the many colorful crepe paper flowers made and sold by women and young girls in Mexico. The paper Mexican dolls can be used to hang on the Christmas tree. (NQ)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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