A mere handful of artisans continue to create the beautiful, natural handicraft referred to as “flores inmortales” (literally immortal flowers). The objects fashioned from these vibrantly colored dried flowers are central to many aspects of Oaxacan culture. They are used year-round as toys, placards in religious and other celebratory processions (“calendas”), and decorations.
They are also designed to commemorate the Night of the Radishes, a holiday on December 21st that is part of the Christmas celebration. On this occasion radishes are artistically carved in countless variations, and many types of decorative objects are created from “flores inmortales.” San Antonino del Castillo Velasco is home to the few remaining artists who produce this folk art.