Haute Couture for Baby Jesus

Haute Couture for Baby Jesus
English 29/01/2019 16:14 EL UNIVERSAL in English/Gretel Morales Mexico City Astrid Rivera, Sonia Ávila, Andrea Castro, Claudia Gonzáles Actualizada 16:14
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Mexico is the only city in the world where these figures are dressed up as saints, doctors, football players, firefighters, among other characters

People who sell religious figures and outfits are found in every market - Photo: Gretel Morales/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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Outfit prices start at MXN $70

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This business is often passed down from generation to generation

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Every outfit represents different saints

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On February 2, people take their figures to church so they are blessed - Photo: Sofia Danis/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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Doctor outfits are common among Catholics - Photo: Sofia Danis/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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People from all over the country come to Mexico City to buy the outfits - Photo: Sofia Danis/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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Mr. Miguel Ángle Soriano says his mother-in-law started the business 60 years ago in the Jamaica market

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Artisans also repair the damaged figures - Photo: Sofia Danis/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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The can darken the skin color, repair scratches, and replace other parts - Photo: Sofia Danis/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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The figures are family heirlooms - Photo: Sofia Danis/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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The smallest one is 2 centimeters long - Photo: Sofia Danis/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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This tradition is getting lost among younger generations - Photo: Sofia Danis/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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People can choose outfits from catalogs

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The tradition dates back to colonial times. When colonizers and missioners arrived into the American continent, they brought religious figures with them. The Mexicas had a similar tradition, as they made amaranth figures of Huitzilopochtli as a child, that they then took to the temple, where they were blessed and then took them home. These Indigenous communities decorated the figures with flowers, and this is the origin of the current tradition

During Candlemas in Mexico, people take their figures to church so they are blessed by the priests but before the event, the figures have been repaired, painted, and dressed up.

The outfits and accessories are available in every marketprices range from MXN $70 to MXN $300, and you can also purchase accessories such as shoes, rosaries, chairs, crowns, blankets, and cases. 

Nowadays, you can find people selling these outfits in every market in Mexico City, as well as many workshops and stores in Mexico City's historic center but now there are catalogs to choose from and even online shops.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The outfits are usually very colorful and shiny, many times they are embroidered by hand and shops offer all kinds of outfits to represent many saints, as well as football players, Aztecs, mariachis, and the Pope; although it is considered as disrespectful to dress them as popular characters. 

So if you want to dress up your family's heirloom figure, don't forget to stop by any market in the city!

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