Papel Picado: Mexican handicrafts of color, design and tradition

September 18, 2019 at 12:12 hrs.


Papel Picado: Mexican handicrafts of color, design and tradition


El confetti is part of the Mexican festivities most prominent.

That is why it is not surprising to see him at baptisms or weddings; However, the most relevant party to use is Day of the Death.

This is how your designs and colors varied, adorn altars and Mexican homes.

But also, they stand out for their drawings and figures handmade by artisans.

With chisels, hammers, lead plates and punches, it's how they create skulls, flowers, foliage or birds, among others.

So his ability and creativity for this trade are admirable.

A leap in time 

 

En Mesoamerica figures were made or dedicated for their deities with amate paper.  

With the Spanish conquest came the China Paper and it is known that, around the 16th century, Europeans made a kind of paper cut.

The cradle of confetti, however and par excellence, is San Salvador Huixcolotla, Puebla.

It is there where the pawns cut this material for pleasure, without neglecting their chores on the haciendas.

And that from the nineteenth century, it became a craft that was inherited from parents to children.

The tradition was increasing and with it its sale to neighboring towns.

By the 60 years, it was already common, even in Mexico City.

The skill of those who work it grows exponentially, so currently 50 sheets are made at once.

Shredded paper is recognized as part of the national identity Mexican

So it is also celebrated and appreciated nationally and internationally.

It was even declared as a national heritage of the state of Puebla, in 1998.