Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Miniature Crafts and Their Makers: Palm Weaving in a Mexican Town
"An extremely engaging, accessible study of this artistic tradition, its interconnections, and cultural significance." -- Tey Marianna Nunn, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe
Katrin Flechsig presents the first in-depth ethnographic and historical examination of Mexico's miniature palm craft industry, taking readers behind the scenes to explain how and why these folk arts have undergone miniaturization over the past several decades. She reveals how such factors as tourism and the construction of national identity have contributed to an ongoing demand for the tiny creations, and also contrasts the playfulness of the crafts with the often harsh economic and political realities of life in the community.