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Popotillo Art…..Straw Art

Popotillo Art…Straw Art

 

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Popotillo (little straw) is the craft of creating colorful images using the thin stalks of various grasses. 

This beautiful craft is labor intensive. An 8×10 image can take 2 or 3 days, depending on the complexity and all the space that must be covered in straw.

The use of the hands, or in the case of very tiny pieces, tweezers to place the bits of colored lines has not changed, but there has been some modernization. Traditionally, the straw or grass is collected, dried and colored either by the crafts person. Originally, vegetable dyes were used and straw colored this way still can be found, but most are now colored using aniline dyes, as the color lasts longer.

The straw pieces are applied on paper, poster board or other surfaces, not by cutting the straw first, but rather applying the straw and snapping it where the artisan wants the line to end. The traditional adhesive is beeswax or Campeche wax, but other glues are sometimes used. After the image is completed, it is usually coated to make it shine. In the past, this was done using egg whites, but today commercial varnish is used.

Popotillo crafts are truly works of art and can be admired and purchased at Coast Hwy Traders.

 

straw art

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Experience Oaxaca Mexico

Experience Oaxaca Mexico

 

I recently visited Oaxaca, Mexico. From eating crickets to experiencing world class art this trip was a once in a lifetime!

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I visited the Oldest church in Oaxaca. It was built in the 16th century. When I was outside at noon, I heard music and was surrounded by Ava Maria. It was so cool because there are not any speakers. It was like it came from the sky!

oldest church

 

Beeswax candle making is a lost art. In Oaxaca it is alive and well. Just Gorgeous!

beeswax candles

 

In Oaxaca they use dried crickets in salad dressings, on top of tostadas, and in guacamole.

They tasted salty!

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Oaxaca has large paper mache figures they hang outside their stores.

The paper mache figures are also uses in parades.

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large paper mache

 

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The Story of the Tree of life , Arbol de la Vida

The Story of  the Tree of Life, Arbol de la Vida

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The Tree of Life (Arbol de la Vida) is a clay folk art sculpture from Central Mexico that started in the colonial period.

After the Conquest, the Spanish destroyed religious figures and replaced them with Christian iconography. The original purpose of the Trees of Life was evangelical, specifically the story of Adam and Eve. A reminder of original sin.

Trees of Life are a traditional wedding gift because of the relation to the first human couple (Adam and Eve). They are also considered to be a talisman for the couple for fertility.

As mentioned above, the traditional Trees of Life are based on the first couple, Adam and Eve. You will see many trees of life with images of the couple, usually naked except for fig leaves. The couple is positioned at the base of the tree and often a snake can been seen.

Many variations of the traditional Trees of Life can be found. For instance, a tree of life from Metepec will branch out like a real tree and a tree from Puebla will be more stylized with branches bending inward onto the body of the tree.

Themes of the Trees can vary depending on the artisan. Themes can range from the four seasons, death, chocolate, local dances and food.

Whichever style you choose or prefer they are remarkable symbols of the Mexican heritage created by talented local artisans.

 

Coast Hwy Traders a Fair Trade Buyer

Coast Hwy Traders purchases all there Trees of Life from Mexico handmade by local artisans. Coast Hwy Traders is a responsible fair-trade buyer.

This Fabulous tree of life is $175.00 and is available at Coast Hwy Traders

 

fabulous trees of life

 

 

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History of Cinco de Mayo

Facts about Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, Friday May 5th. Bring on the guacamole, chips, tacos…tequila.  I thought I would share a couple of Cinco de Mayo recipes from La Tortilla Factory.

But, first let me clear up a few facts about Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo is not the celebration of Mexico’s Independence. It is actually a celebration of the Mexican army’s victory over France at the 1862 Battle of Puebla.

500 French soldiers died and less than 100 Mexicans were killed. This was a great symbolic victory for Mexico. ( unfortunately the French won the next year and occupied the region for 5 years)

Cinco de Mayo is mainly celebrated in Puebla where the 1862 battle took place. There is a colorful parade and they reenact the war dressed as French and Mexican soldiers before breaking out in song and dance.

The actual celebration for Mexico’s Independence from Spanish colonial government in on September 16th.

Here is just a fun fact…Americans eat 81 million pounds of avocados on Cinco de Mayo!!

Cinco de Mayo Recipe

Have fun creating these amazing recipes….

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Grilled Vegetable Tostada: Baked corn tortillas are a delicious and healthy way to showcase colorful grilled veggies.
Click here for the printable recipe: http://www.latortillafactory.com/recipe/grilled-vegetable-tostadas-with-guacamole/

 

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Simple Grilled Fish Tacos:
Click here for the printable recipe: http://www.latortillafactory.com/recipe/simple-grilled-fish-tacos/

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Low-carb Option: Quinoa and Roasted Vegetable and Black Bean Quesadilla: Sweet potato, scallions, and red pepper get flash roasted and mixed with quinoa, black beans and a cumin-lime dressing for a healthy, hearty quesadilla filling.

Click here for the printable recipe: http://www.latortillafactory.com/recipe/quinoa/

 

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Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato church

Mexican Pottery, History, Shrimp Ice Cream….Dolores Hidalgo

 

The town of Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato is best known as the “cradle” of the Mexican War of Independence. On September 15th, Father Miguel Hidalgo rang the bell to call the people to arms against Spanish rule.

Today, Dolores Hidalgo is one of the largest ceramic producers in the country. The city producers a style of multi-colored glazed pottery.

Dolores Hidalgo products are made of a local mix of black, white and red clays from abundant local deposits. The designs used for the pottery have been passed down thru the generations.

You can find dishes, water dispensers, tiles, table tops, sinks, jars, picture and mirror frames and so much more.

This city is full of beautiful Mexican pottery plus Mexican history and a unique idea cream shop full of unique flavors like Queso, Mexican fruits like mango or how about shrimp?

 

Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato pottery

 

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Flaming Heart Sacred Heart Milagros

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Flaming Heart Sacred Heart Milagros

Traditionally Milagros are used by people to petition saints for help or protection. In many churches in Mexico , you see statues of the Virgin Mary or other saints. People pin their Milagros or miracle on these saints .

 

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Each Milagros is made for a specific purpose so their is a lot of variety. Sometimes you come across an unexpected Milagros like a car.
I think of Milagros as having dual or triple meanings, for example a car could mean you need or want a new car or your car is acting funny and you are praying for it not to break down.

The heart, flaming heart (sacred heart) could be a prayer to find love, announcing love or to heal a defective heart.

Milagros are now put on crosses, hands and Hearts for ornamental use.

Visit Coast Hwy Trader for individual Milagros and Milagros art pieces.

 

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Local Business Coast Hwy Traders is Turning 21!

 

An Iconic Downtown Business Celebrates 21 Years.

Local business Coast Hwy Traders Supports local Artists/Fair Trade

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Coast Hwy Traders is thrilled to be celebrating their 21 first birthday on Saturday, October 22 2016 at noon. We will be celebrating with Mexican Food, Music and door prizes.

Coast Hwy Traders was founded in October 1996 by owner Beverly Goodman as a venue for local artists,fun imports,and unique items. Coast Hwy Traders supports Fair trade buying and they support local charities like an orphanage in Mexico and a children’s foundation in Nepal.

Owner Beverly Goodman has been traveling to Mexico for over twenty years meeting local artists and importing their goods. She first met Moises Rodriquez when he was a young father with two small children. He was living and working in a small village outside TONALA,Mexico. Moises family counted on Bev’s visits to help support him and his family. Moises is now a well known artist. Buying from him was easy as his work is beautiful. Today his children are grown and married. Their room is now a gallery for his art. This is a story repeated many times by the unique art at Coast Hwy Traders.

Coast Hwy Traders also has the largest collection of Day of the Dead merchandise in Southern California.

 

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Artist Moises Rodriquez and his handmade pottery

 

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Dia de los Muertos at Coast Hwy Traders

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Dia de Las Muertos will be here before we know it (November 1 st and 2nd). At Coast Hwy Traders we have created our famous Day of the Dead window. I like to have time to enjoy it. We will be posting much more about this holiday. Today I wanted to talk about how much wonderful merchandise we have at the store made by Mexican and American artists. Everyone is on the bandwagon now with Day of the Dead merchandise all made in China, like Ross,Cost Plus, Michael’s even Costco. I  have been told that China sends people to Mexico to buy handmade merchandise to then copy and mass produce. I encourage you not to buy these items ! Buy the real thing!…at Coast Hwy Traders…

 

Bev

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How to Make Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls

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The spirit of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is that we honor our loved ones that have passed, but we are not afraid of death and we honor life by living it. That is why you will see people dress up in skull masks (calacas) and spend days cleaning and decorating the graves of families members and prepare amazing altars to welcome their dead loved ones.

 

day of the dead statues

 

Sugar Skulls are a large part of the Day of the Dead altars and celebrations. In Mexico families spend most of October preparing their sugar skulls that they will use to adorn their altars (oferendas) and grave sites. These sugar skulls are beautifully decorated and are all made by hand. They represent  the loved ones that have passed while honoring their life. That is why they are decorated with brightly colored icing, foil and feathers. They are not morbid or scary but more of a reminder that death is apart of life and that life is beautiful and fun and meant to be lived.

 

decorated sugar skulls

How to Make Sugar Skulls

Ingredients:  (for a 5 pound bag of granulated sugar)
A 5 pound bag of granulated sugar
1/4 cup of Meringue powder
10 teaspoons of water
Mix the meringue powder and sugar together and then add your water.
Fill your sugar skull molds with sugar mixture
Then turn out on cardboard and let them sit overnight.
Then decorate with icing, foil and feathers.
This recipe will yield 5 large sugar skulls or 20 medium skulls or
100 mini skulls

sugar skull molds

Coast Hwy Traders has all you need to make your sugar skulls.
Including different styles of sugar skull molds and we also have chocolate molds!
And if you do not have time to make your own sugar skulls Coast Hwy Traders will have pre-made sugar skulls direct from Mexico at the store in October. But hurry they sell quickly!!!

email me at mexart@cox.net or call me at 760-944-1381
for any questions with making your Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls

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Dream Catchers

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Dream Catchers are woven with beads and feathers to resemble a spider web. They were first used by Native Americans and many are still handmade by them today. The theory is that the dream catcher snares the bad dream/nightmare and only allows good dreams. We often have parents buy these for children to hang in their rooms to prevent bad dreams.

At Coast Hwy Traders we sell small dream catchers for $4.50 and $6.50. Come in and see!

Bev

dream catchers

 

 

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