TYPE: Documents (Loose)
DIMENSIONS: 30 cm x 21 cm.
COMPONENTS: 1 sheet. Decorative small holes in the paper and borders. Manuscript writing in black ink. Includes: a 9 cm x 9 cm perforated paper, with perforated signature in the lower margin.  
CONDITION: With some losses in the borders. In very good condition.
NOTES: I know that the exact number for illiteracy in Mexico in 1900 was 80%, imagine the number in 1800!, to that add curious love poems and folk art and you have these exceptional manuscripts.
ITEM ID: 3202

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Mexican Colonial Folk Art Poem

DATE
Century: 18th (1701-1800)
Notes: Circa 1780-1800

Mexican Colonial Folk Art: Perforated paper poem titled: “Amada Deydad Querida…”Papel picado (“perforated paper”) is a decorative craft made out of paper cut  or perforated into elaborate designs. It is considered a Mexican folk art. At first they may not seem like much, but the mix of love poems with folk art makes them very attractive. One has to consider that a huge portion of the regular population could not read or write in colonial Mexico, so the vast majority of the manuscripts come from the “Escribanos” of the Government or from the church. An inedit and original literary production, with nothing to do with religion or politics, is very scarce.