CORN HUSK FIGURES

Corn husk toys (and decorative objects) are a relatively new form of folk art, referred to as “totomoxtle.”  Many types of doll-size figures are produced, some engaged in everyday activities such as cooking or selling their wares, while others are dressed in regional costumes or other types of finery. “Totomoxtle” artists also make glorious flowers of all varieties, Christmas ornaments, decorated baskets and many other objects.

Artists who work in this medium are in their first generation. While knowledge of most types of folk art is passed from generation to generation, dissemination of “totomoxtle” techniques is usually in the form of instruction offered in pueblos or city schools.

 

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