dia de los muertos

November 2, 2012 in PvdH's Mexico

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October 28, 2012 in PvdH's Mexico

calaverita. Made out of sugar (and at times chocolate!), these little skulls (calaveritas) are used to adorn Day of the Dead altars personalised with the name of a loved one (generally alive).

I dub this one heck of a sweet tradition.



October 10, 2012 in PvdH Mood Boards, PvdH's Mexico

october. As Halloween begins to trickle down (or perhaps even swarm) the internet (and everything around us), it dawned upon me that we are well into October already. Time running through my fingers is what I call it.

So while I used to dislike this month during my years in the UK (increased darkness et al.), it is my favourite month here in Mexico. The summer rain has stopped, and the days are just glorious. But most importantly, with the Day of the Dead fast approaching, the country takes on a particular ambience.

Flowers of cempasuchil (marigolds or “flower of the dead”), sugar (and chocolate!) skulls, pan de muerto (bread of the dead #nomnom)… There are too many things to name which make this month simply just special.

So I will do my best to snap around the vibrancy and traditions of el Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). I leave you here with a picture of a danzante (a dancer), which I took two years ago (roughly) to date. Slightly macabre perhaps, but also an exemplification of our relationship with death- one of respect yes, but also one filled with humour and play.


A Bit (a tiny bit) of Inspiration

August 20, 2011 in PvdH Mood Boards, PvdH's Mexico

A bit (a tiny bit) of inspiration. The source of such inspiration? Mexico. You see, these past few days I’ve found myself longing back for the summers of my childhood spent back in Mexico. The smells, the tastes, and particularly the colours. All the typical stuff which gets you all nostalgic (and listening to who knows what -mariachis in this case- which only makes you all the more nostalgic…). Nonetheless, Mexico is a country which has had its significant influence in designer’s collections (the latest being Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring 2011 Couture… remember the big hats?!) Today, amidst my longing for home, I experienced a surge of inspiration- one of which was the mixture of rough with soft and translucent fabrics in screaming colours.  Thinking hessian cloth (jute) with organza to be precise. 

The Intricacy of Mexican Embroidery

June 6, 2011 in PvdH's Mexico

Embroidery is central in Mexican typical garments. Ranging from the very simple flower motifs (hand-stitched in cotton), to intricate patterns that are either done by hand or machine (both of which deserve much praise). Just look at the ones below (vintage and machine-stitched). Wow. A couple more things to close The PvdH Journal’s special on Mexico.

A Mexican Doll

June 2, 2011 in PvdH's Mexico

Una muñeca mexicana.