Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Photo 4: My Favorite Puerto Rican Craft and Souvenir- Vejigante

Vejigante are a favorite representation of Puerto Rican culture and creativity. Originating from Spaniard festivals, the Puerto Rican version blends African and native Taino Indian elements to craft a distinct Islander version. You'll find them filling the walls of souvenir shops in San Juan and Ponce, but I'll upload a tutorial next month so you can make a whimsical mask of your own! I scoop one up every time I visit Puerto Rico and proudly display the growing collection in my kitchen. The toothier, the better!
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