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Leigh Thelmadatter

Leigh Thelmadatter
Leigh Thelmadatter has lived in central Mexico for 17 years. Initially she came to teach English, but fell in love with the land and the culture, so she did what any good writer does... document. With her photographer-husband Alejandro Linares Garcia, she has traveled extensively in the country, with the purpose of putting information not before available online or in English. Her work has culminated so far in the blog Creative Hands of Mexico https://creativehandsofmexicodotorg.wordpress.com/ and her first book, Mexican Cartonería: Paper, Paste and Fiesta (Schiffer 2019).https://www.schifferbooks.com/mexican-cartonera-a-paper-paste-and-fiesta-6738.html. She also is a cultural correspondent for Mexico News Daily and does freelance writing.
Jaguar at the Museo de Arte Indigena Contemporaneo in Chiapas, Mexico

Is Chiapas and Its Handcrafts the Next Oaxaca?

Is Chiapas and its handcrafts the next Oaxaca? Well, Oaxaca is by far the best-known area in Mexico for its indigenous cultures, but Chiapas...
Wood carving from Oaxaca, Mexico

The World Class Handcrafts of Oaxaca

Entire books can and have been written on the world class handcrafts of Oaxaca. So, the best we can do in this article is...
Handcrafts from Michoacán, Mexico

The Amazing Handcrafts of Michoacán

With about 8,000 artisans keeping over 30 crafts traditions alive, the amazing handcrafts of Michoacán have every bit of the charm and cultural importance...
Mexico is one of the top two organic coffee producers in the world

Mexico Is One of the Top Two Organic Coffee Producers

Seventy years ago, Mexico was poised to become one of the great coffee exporters in the world. But the world changed and the country’s...
Ciudad de Bacala a Pueblo Mágico in Mexico

Pueblos Mágicos Could Be a Great Living Option for Expats

Most expats in Mexico live in well-known cities like San Miguel de Allende, Ajijic and Puerto Vallarta and other coastal enclaves. But if you...
Large tree of life in Metepec, Mexico

Fighting to Preserve Tradition in a Suburban Sea

Like everywhere else in the world, Mexico has many former small towns and villages that have been overrun by urban sprawl and are fighting...
Puebla, Mexico Vista de Cholula

Is Puebla the Most Interesting City in Mexico?  

There are a lot of wonderful places to live in Mexico and Puebla happens to be one of them. But is Puebla the most...
Maya Aluxin Dolls Amealco, Querétaro

The Self-Proclaimed Doll Capital of Mexico

I first found these Maya “Smurf” dolls at the Doll Museum in Amealco, Querétaro, the self-proclaimed doll capital of Mexico. I was there way...
The Toymakers of Mexico City

The Toymakers of Mexico City  

The families of Alejandro Camacho Barrera and Miriam Salgado have lived in the Mexico City borough of Xochimilco for more generations than anyone can...
Fine Arts Palace

Almost Six Decades of Life and Art in Mexico City

Women today may feel that “the system” makes their lives impossible, but after almost six decades of life and art in Mexico City, Helen...