The Ar Lele Doll It is a nice figure made with cloth that is representative of Mexican culture. To celebrate it, the 3rd Annual Amealco Doll Fair. Find out all the details.
It is important to note that on April 18, 2018, it was declared as Cultural Heritage of the State of Queretaro to the handmade doll of Amealco.
What will be at the Ar Lele Doll Fair?
In this event, in addition to the characteristic Amealco dollsyou can find a wide range of typical designs of the region such as: clothing, accessories, earrings, notebooks, wallets, among other items.
You will also be able to listen to the live voice of each one of the more than 100 exhibitors, about the origin and characteristics of the traditional doll.
When and where?
The 3 Ar Lele Doll Fair will be held from December 22 to January 6, 2023. Hours of operation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Remember that the appointment will be in the Esplanade of the Monument to the Revolutionwhich is located in Plaza de la República S/N, Tabacalera, Cuauhtémoc, 06030 Mexico City.
If you want to know all the updates about this event, we suggest you keep an eye on the organizers’ social networks.
Origin of the Amealco Doll
It is easy to find them in craft stalls, street markets, shops and many other places. They stand out for their cute little face and their colorful trousseau. These characteristic dolls are also known as Marias either otomi dolls.
Its origin dates back to colonial times. It is a consequence of the syncretism of the Spanish culture and of the original peoples –mainly between the Otomi and Mazahuas– of Michoacanof Mexico state and, above all, of Amealco, Queretarowhere they became more relevant.
In addition, it is believed that the first dolls were made of clay, palm and corn hair. Though its purpose was not to be a toy but to protect children from evil spirits.
Later, those materials were replaced with rags (currently poplin) and colored ribbons. In this way, the dolls represented the way of dressing indigenous womenthus becoming a figure of regional identity and later of the entire country.
It should be noted that due to their cheerful character, Amealco dolls became very popular among girls, boys and even adults.
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Currently, and despite the infinite supply of toys, the Marías continue to be the favorites of many children –especially those who live in the municipalities where they are made– as well as many foreigners, because even lelea giant Otomi doll, has visited cities such as London, San Francisco and Madrid, among others.