La Catrina

The Catrina is from Mexican folk art, manifesting herself in altar images and costumes for Dia De Los Muertos; a Mexican celebration of ancestors. Her name, meaning elegance, represents the mortality of life and that no power, not even wealth, may save us from the inevitable.

Her head and hands are sculpted from paperclay and then painted with bright acrylics. Her delightful up-do is wool roving, metallic copper thread and yarn with dyed guinea fowl feathers and a resin rose bead as a hair accessory.

Her ribcage is a carved and painted wine cork while her boney limbs are pipe cleaners, making her lightly posable. Her dress and bright adornments are scraps of ribbon and magenta cotton batik, silk flowers, sequins, beads, vintage buttons and a heart milagro. She stands proudly at 7 inches tall.

She is for adults and light handed children. This Catrina is in a private collection but I'd be happy to make one just for you. For a dollhouse perhaps?