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Los Amigos Del Arte Popular is a national, non-profit organization comprised of collectors and aficionados of Mexican folk art. Practiced by Mexico’s indigenous people, and melding both originally Mexican and Spanish colonial art, Mexican folk art has a rich tradition which we invite you to explore here. Our website showcases the popular art of Mexico including danced masks, lacquer ware, clay pottery, paper mache and more.  You will also find Pre-Colombian art and Spanish Colonial art as well as art inside the small museums of Mexico.

Artisans’ Profile: Original Friends – Women’s Prison Project

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Just outside of Guadalajara, Mexico, is Reclusorio Feminil, a women’s prison where close to 650 women reside. The center for prevention and readaptation is located within a compound of four different prisons; three for me, and this fourth one for women. The women’s prison was built to hold approximately 250 people, so it is highly overcrowded. Continue reading

Artisans’ Profile: Cooperative Jolom Mayaetik: Maya Weavers Cooperative, Chiapas

Jolom Mayaetik-- Maya Weavers Cooperative

Cooperative Jolom Mayaetik (Mayan Women Weavers) in Tzotzil, Chiapas, was formed in 1996 by three women who had been participating in another weaving cooperative and decided to create a new organization in which the tsotsil and tseltal indigenous women members themselves would occupy all positions of leadership and make all decisions. Continue reading

Artisan Profile: Jesus Canseco Zararte

Jesus Canseco Zarate

OAXACAN ARTISAN, JESUS CANSECO ZARATE’S WHIMSICAL PAPER MACHE SKELETONS ILLUSTRATE NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK Continue reading