The love of miniatures and other types of toys in Oaxaca (and Mexico in general) reflects the culture’s strong investment in children and family. Nearly all types of folk art are made in miniature: ceramics, woodcarving, baskets, and decorative tinwork, to name a few. In addition to miniature baskets and tin objects, there are also lead figures, much like the toy soldiers of old. Although we do not feature the artisans who make them, we call attention to their celebration of religious, historical and cultural themes.
Rather than being confined to particular pueblos, creators of miniatures can usually be found wherever folk artists work. Some artists specialize in this medium, while others produce miniatures along with pieces of larger dimensions. We feature ceramists and woodcarvers who specialize in making miniatures.