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Old 08-22-2012   #1 (permalink)
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Day of the Dead Gifts in Playa

I will be coming down in December and want to find a place to shop for any and all Day of the Dead gifts of any sort. Can someone give me a recommendation or even something online (not cheap cheesy stuff).
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What kind of stuff do you mean?
This






Or something different?
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There are places with cheap stuff, some with middle of the road, and some with really high end Art. There is a family of Day of the Dead artists I follow, found a gallery on 5th that carries their work. Last Dec, Christmas time, stopped in, and the Mother, one of her sons, and a grandson were there in a "Meet and Greet" and demonstration. It was so neat!
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This a ceramic skull by the Castillo family, this is what I'm talking about.
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Yes, those sorts of gifts! I’m needing note cards too. They will be favors for a DOTD wedding I am having in Playa - so nothing too large. The largest thing I would look for would be cake toppers. Where is that store Wolfpf?
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Yes, those sorts of gifts! I’m needing note cards too. They will be favors for a DOTD wedding I am having in Playa - so nothing too large. The largest thing I would look for would be cake toppers. Where is that store Wolfpf?
Those pics are actually from a couple of stores. Don't know the names, but there are lots of stores with items like that right on 5th.
Pretty sure the last 2 pics were from the store on 5th around Calle 16 (west side of the street on the corner, this stuff was at the back of the store by the tills). Pic 1 was a store on 5th around Calle 6 or 8 (west side of the street), it was basically full of just Day of the Dead items. Don't think you'd be able to miss it

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Those pics are actually from a couple of stores. Don't know the names, but there are lots of stores with items like that right on 5th.
Pretty sure the last 2 pics were from the store on 5th around Calle 16 (west side of the street on the corner, this stuff was at the back of the store by the tills). Pic 1 was a store on 5th around Calle 6 or 8 (west side of the street), it was basically full of just Day of the Dead items. Don't think you'd be able to miss it
Im pretty sure one of those stores (or at least similar stuff) is right across the street from La Europea on Calle Corazon. I loved the stuff there and was bummed I didn't make it back there to buy.
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There is a shop that sells DOTD items at 5th and 26th, north corner.
Also, the shop on Calle Corazon is on the same side of La Europa Deli a few shops before you get to it, coming from 5th.
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This a ceramic skull by the Castillo family, this is what I'm talking about.
It looks like your link got broken, but that photo was so gorgeous I did a little googling - "... One of the great folk art masters was the ceramicist Alfonso Castillo Orta. Don Alfonso and his wife and creative partner Soledad Marta HernŠndez BŠez decided to quit dairy farming and dedicate themselves totally to the family craft in the 1970′s. They also wanted to break away from the traditions and forms earlier generations of the family had followed up till then. The work became more elaborate and complex while at the same time explored new narratives. In 1996 Don Alfonso was awarded the Premio Nacional de Ciencias yArtes. He died in 2009...."

What incredibly beautiful work - especially the skulls and the Trees of Life. If you're looking for art vs. souvenirs, boy, one of his pieces would be a treasure. (Of course nothing wrong with souvenirs either.) Did you see them in that shop that used to be called (and maybe still is) Los Milagros?

If anyone else is interested, here's some stuff (unfortunately not local, they are in Puebla) -

The Family of Alfonso Castillo Orta - Maestros del Arte

Art of Mexico Castillo Gallery
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I'm a big fan of Day of the Dead (not the least because November 2 is my birthday) and I can recommend these stores in PDC, some of which have been mentioned above. Playa isn't a particularly good town for craft stores, as compared with Oaxaca, Patzcuaro, San Miguel, etc, so I wouldn't expect a lot. If you are walking UP (going North) on Avenida 5:
1) Los Milagros: Avenida 5 between Calle 2 & 4 (left side of Ave 5)
2) Hierbabuena: Avenida 5 between Calle 8 & 10 (left side of Ave 5)
3) La Calaca: Avenida 5 between Calle 12 & 14 (right side of Ave 5). So expensive that little seems to sell and thus it must be a front for drug running.
4) Pachamama: on tiny (but pretty) Calle Corazon, which branches off Avenida 5 between Calle 12 & 14.
5) La Sirena: Avenida 5 between Calle 24 & 26 (right side of Ave 5). Small and eclectic collection.

All of these will have Day of the Dead trinkets. It's possible some of these might have closed, or moved, since I was there in 2010. Please let us know what you find out.

In any case, one of the best craft stores I've come across in all of Mexico is called Mexicarte and it's in the nice beach town of Akumal south of Playa. Just look for the pink house on the right after you pass through the arch. Small, but packed with a great selection at good prices. No lover of Mexican crafts should miss it! Nearby, behind the beach restaurant called Lol-ha, is a new craft store called Galeria Lamanai that could be visited too, but it's more high-end.
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It looks like your link got broken, but that photo was so gorgeous I did a little googling - "... One of the great folk art masters was the ceramicist Alfonso Castillo Orta. Don Alfonso and his wife and creative partner Soledad Marta HernŠndez BŠez decided to quit dairy farming and dedicate themselves totally to the family craft in the 1970′s. They also wanted to break away from the traditions and forms earlier generations of the family had followed up till then. The work became more elaborate and complex while at the same time explored new narratives. In 1996 Don Alfonso was awarded the Premio Nacional de Ciencias yArtes. He died in 2009...."

What incredibly beautiful work - especially the skulls and the Trees of Life. If you're looking for art vs. souvenirs, boy, one of his pieces would be a treasure. (Of course nothing wrong with souvenirs either.) Did you see them in that shop that used to be called (and maybe still is) Los Milagros?

If anyone else is interested, here's some stuff (unfortunately not local, they are in Puebla) -

The Family of Alfonso Castillo Orta - Maestros del Arte

Art of Mexico Castillo Gallery
The link is broken, but I found my business card. The gallery is called, D'Garheti, Gallery and Boutique. It is on 5th between 6 and 8 aves. Last year during the holiday week they had four nights of artists, the Castillo family, a Tree of Life artist, an Alebrije sculptor, and a gourd artist. You could watch them work, talk with them, etc. It was really neat!
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I second the shop in Akumal, we have bought some fantastic art there!
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