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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

 

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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?

 

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Cacao Mexican Chocolate

Cacao Mexican Chocolate

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 For 5000 years the Cacao bean has been in Mexico including cultures along the Yucatan like the Mayans.

A Spanish soldier who was part of the conquest of Mexico by Cortes tells that when Montezuma II, emperor of the Aztecs, dined, he took no other beverage than chocolate flavored with vanilla or other spices. His chocolate was whipped into a froth that dissolved in the mouth. No fewer than 60 portions each day reportedly may have been consumed by Moctezuma II.

 

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Chocolate was introduced to Europe by the Spanish and it became a popular beverage by the mid-17th century. They didn’t use sugar in the recipe until the Europeans added it hundreds of years later.

Nowadays, Mexicans enjoy their hot cocoa as a nightly treat with sweetbreads (pan dulce) and during the Day of the Dead celebrations you can find all manner of Mexican chocolate in the shape of skeletons and skulls.

 

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The Home of the Tree of Life’s

Izucar De Matamoros, Mexico is the home of the Traditional Mexican Pottery, The Tree of Life

 

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Izucar De Matamoros, Mexico is where the Mexican pottery, the Tree of life’s are made. The city is thought of as the “Home” of the Tree of Life’s. On Bev’s latest trip to Mexico she visited Izucar. Bev has collected tree of life’s for over 25 years so her trip to Izucar was very exciting. She buys a lot of Day of the Dead merchandise from this particular workshop. The craftsmanship and attention to detail by the workers is amazing. Even the children are able to earn extra money after school by helping at the workshop.

It was great to see the young people learning this traditional craft!

 

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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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Mexican Folk Art

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With the iconic Folk Tree Import store closing this month, their is one less store to buy unique authentic Mexican Folk Art. It is also a loss for all the artists Rocky (the owner) bought from. Coast Hwy Traders will do our best to take up the slack. We certainly have wonderful authentic pieces from Mexican artists. Many of which are one kind items. We are always happy to E-mail you pictures so you can shop from afar.

Just tell us what you are looking for!

Bev

 

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Importing from Mexico

Shopping in TONALA today

 

People often come in with items they bought on a trip and want to import. Well my items from my last trip are still in TJ where they have been for four weeks. What makes delays. Well there is a lot of paperwork to do. You have to have receipts for everything you buy. So all those fun one of a kind items I buy at the market in Tonala they need their own receipt. All this information then goes to a broker.

My conversation today with broker….Broker, “we need a copy of your signature.” Okay.

Second call, “You signed your name, we need it printed too”…and so it goes.

The good news is that the items will arrive this week.

 

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Tree of Life Collection

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I fell in love with Mexican Trees of Life during my first trip to Mexico. I have quite a collection of over 60! Trees of Life have been around a long time. Originally they were used at ceremonial celebrations as incense burners. Later they made them as Adam and Eve and used them in churches and to teach the bible. They were often given to newlyweds to wish them a good harvest. 90% of mine are from Izucar de Matamoros. One of my favorites is the one depicting all the costumes of the different states in Mexico.

 

Bev

 

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My Tree of Life Collection

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I have collected trees of life for over twenty years. I have had a few even longer. I fell in love with them the first time I saw them. I think I liked the name too! The really old ones are of saints and were also often used as incense burners. Over time they came to represent what was happening in Mexico for example their own revolution trees. They also reflected the whimsy of the artists. One of my favorite trees is the one representing all the costumes of each state in Mexico.

 

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My Passion Mexican Folk Art

 

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So I was asked how I got interested in Mexican Folk Art. I have always loved Mexico, even though I grew up in Virginia Beach! I went to the University of Colorado and spent with my roommate one summer in San Miguel De Allende. Our rent was a whopping $68.00 dollars a month and that included a housekeeper who sometimes cooked for us. I took art classes at Instituto Allende.

While in Va Beach I had what I called a Mexican dining room. I would cook Mexican food for my family and friends( the love of Mexican food came from a French babysitter who,took us to our one Mexican Restaurant. She said the hot sauce helped clear her allergies.)

When I moved to California in 1988 my love of Mexico increased tri -fold. I loved going to Tijuana and Rosarito. Through my neighbors I met Ron Slaughter who had traveled extensively through out Mexico locating wonderful Artists. We followed Ron on a 4000 mile trip with Ron meeting artist and filling our truck with treasures.

I opened my store in 1996 and the rest is history!

See more of the Mexican Folk Art I have collected in my home on my Pinterest page “My Mexican House” and see my pinterest “Why I love Mexico”

Bev

 

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