Gallery of Catrinas

Gallery of Catrinas

Here is a collection of photographs from the Día de Muertos, November 1, taken in the streets of Xico, Veracruz.

Xico is a small colonial town, going back to 1314 when it was officially established by the Aztecs. The Spanish made this mountain paradise their home around 1525. Xico of today still retains its original colonial charm.

The Catrinas you see in this collection are Xiqueñasmeaning from Xico. Among other crafts and traditions, Xico is well known for its papier mâché artwork, particularly for the variety of masks and figurines produced here. Thus, the majority of Xico's Catrinas reflect this colorful style. This implies that Catrinas from other parts of Mexico could be quite different. Some of the most lavish Catrinas are created in the state of Oaxaca.

Recently, las Catrinas also include male figures, los Catrins. Often, Catrina and Catrin are portrayed as a couple. In the photos you are watching, you will see even a whole family, including the family dog.

Photographs by: Karel Baresh