A New Exhibit at the Toy Museum
By Sandra Ríos
On October 10, the Museo del Juguete “La Esquina” opened a new exhibition with the winning pieces from the fourth contest for the popular Mexican toy. The toys are craftwork made with materials such as wood, metal, clay, ceramic, fabric, or papier mâché that turns into yo-yos, cups and balls or carts that slide over colored wheels, rag dolls, bicycles, and tricycles. They are followed by a parade of toys made of vegetable fibers. There are also dolls and horses made with papier mâché, the material used to create these beautiful pieces and musical instruments that children can incorporate into their daily life to create harmonies with guitars, drums, violins, and harps. There is also a Mexican kitchen made with the finest details from furniture to accessories. Artisans from various corners of the country participated in this contest, revealing their culture, ideology, and the colors of their surroundings, transforming toys into real pieces of Mexican Folk Art, and preserving the beauty of craft traditions in Mexico. As a corollary to the Festival Internacional del Colibrí, various masks of hummingbirds are also exhibited.