Sunday, June 10, 2012

Merida Museum Tour - Day 4

Museo de Arte Popular, the folk art museum presents examples from various regions of Mexico.  We liked the museum's introduction of folk art, paraphrased here for you:

Merida Mexico Folk Art Museum close up of clay Jaguar "el Balem"
Detail from life size ceramic "balem", the Jaquar
"Folk art is born from daily life, ceremony and tradition as a response to surroundings, history and world view.  Transmitted from one generation to the next, incorporating the innovations of the individual creator....it is never static.... and is a means of gaining insight into the life of a people..."

Presented here is but a very small sample of Mexico's rich folk art heritage.  



Merida Mexico Folk Art Museum 5 examples of burnished Majolica ceramic ware
Brunido "burnished" and Majolica ceramics


Merida Mexico Folk Art Museum colorful Day of the Dead procession figures
Day of the Dead procession


Merida Mexico Folk Art Museum colorful Tree of LIfe sculpture
Arbol de la Vida, tree of life from central Mexico


Merida Mexico Folk Art Museum examples of dark green ceramics from Oaxaca known as El barro verde de Oaxaca the green mud of Oaxaca
El barro verde de Oaxaca, the green mud of Oaxaca, ceramics


Merida Mexico Museum of Folk Art with 4 examples of traditional textiles featuring embroidery and back-strap loom weavings
Examples of embroidery and "back-strap" loom textiles, various regions

Merida Mexico Museum of Folk Art 4 examples of Yucatecan traditional clothing called "Huipils"
Huipils, woven on "back-strap" looms and embellished with hand embroidery are worn by women in the Yucatan