At Isla Pasión we support the work of Mexican artisans while taking care of our endangered species.

Traditional Mexican crafts are a mixture of native techniques and designs. They are handmade objects produced out of several materials and a valuable part of our Mexican identity. However, strong competition with industrial products and imitations has affected artisans and the permanence of their work.

Being aware of these problems, we started to work jointly with artisans Álvaro Santillán and Jazmín Juárez, to promote crafts and raise consciousness about the fragility of our environment. Both artisans have more than 30 years of experience and have been recognized for their work in several festivals throughout the country. They decided to represent the playfulness of the Pygmy Raccoon through a Mojiganga, an oversized and colorful mask typically used in Central Mexico’s carnivals. These Mojigangas will be all around Downtown Cozumel, where visitors will be able to take pictures with them.

Con más de 30 años de experiencia Álvaro Santillán y Jazmín Juárez son dos artesanos mexicanos que trabajan en la producción de piezas artesanales todo el año para festivales de la tradición mexicana en diferentes estados de este país como: Chiapas, Guanajuato, Jalisco,Morelos, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo y Veracruz. Ellos dos conforman el Taller Tlamaxcalli en donde fueron creadas estas dos mojigangas que representas a nuestros mapaches enanos, ante la importancia de ser una especie en peligro de extinción.

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