Tin, Hojalata or Lamina Folk Art of MexicoPosted: February 7, 2012
One of the most unique folk arts of Mexico is the creative use of tin. Above are two photos of some lovely lumenaria.The lower photo is a wall shrine or nicho box to the Virgin of Guadalupe. The designs are cut and hand tapped or chiseled into the sheet of tin. It takes a long time to learn how to do it well! The shiny tin is known as either, “hojalata” or “lamina” depending on where you are in the country. I love tin and am always amazed at the amazing designs and ideas that these folk artists create!