Tin, Hojalata or Lamina Folk Art of Mexico

Oaxacan tin lumenaria

Oaxacan lumenaria de Mexico

Virgin de Guadalupe in Tin

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!