Have you every seen a blog post about the typical souvenirs before? No? Why? Because often are souvenirs something really annoying and properly not you would have standing on your shelf at home. But why would TravellersPlanet make a post about it anyway? Because Mexican Signature Souvenirs is quite beautiful and holds a history worth mentioning.
Alebrijes are very colorful carved wooden animals, like goats, mice etc. Some of these exceptional creatures origin from Oaxaca and are creative, beautiful and we quickly fell in love with them. The first aleberijes, along with the use of the, was invented back in the 1930’s, by a guy dreaming about strange creatures, while having a fever. This explains the funky animals and colors. You can visit the woodcarvers studios in the villages surrounding Oaxaca City, which is said to be the cheapest place for buying them, but is pretty far away from Yucatan.
The wool rugs and blankets is also found everywhere, and just like the hammocks these a typical mexican piece of art. The rugs and blankets are found with several colorful patterns, and handcrafted to perfection. In the years after the revolution, the textiles of Mexico became a great value for the smaller villages.
Another piece of textile is the Huipil, the most common traditional garment worn by mexican women. A loose white dress of light fabric, with colorful decorations along the neck and waist. But these are not just decorations, the traditional huipils generally indicates the ethnicity and community of the wearer as each have their own methods of creating the fabric and decorations.
The use of masks and costumes was an important part of the Mesoamerican culture for long before the arrival of the spanish. Today most masks are used in relations to celebrations and rituals. Traditional masks have been carved with images of figures such s Pedro Infante, Cantinflas and the well known commercial made masks for the days around Day of the Dead.
You also find a lot of other sculptures in relation with Day of the Dead and the very popular figures Catrina. Day of the Dean is a mexican holiday, celebrated all over the world, and is a gathering to celebrate and pray for the friends and family members who have dies. The sculptures is again very detailed and in strong vibrant colors.
We have put together a few pictures of what you can expect – remember that it is actually cheap to by Mexican Signature Souvenirs near Chichen Itza, as there is a lot of competition here.