The skeleton lady was created by lithographer and printer Jose Guadalupe Posada around 1910 as an illustration for a calavera. The leaflet was named "La Calavera Garbancera" describing a person who was ashamed of their Indian origins and dressed imitating the French style while wearing lots of makeup to make their skin look whiter.
In 1948 Diego Rivera, made the mural "Sunday Evening's Dream" in which he represented 400 years of Mexican history. Rivera not only painted the Garbancera dressed up but also named her "La Catrina". Catrin(a) is slang for elegant or well dressed and it refers to rich people. Thanks to Diego Rivera the skeleton lady became an iconic image in Mexico's culture and is traditionally used in the Day of the Dead, especially in urban celebrations. Posada and Rivera captured in this figure the comfortable and intimate relationship Mexicans have with death.
The Catrina bag is made out of plastic mesh with hand embroidered sequins that bring out the detail of the feathers and flowers in her hat and jewelry. The handmade nature of this bag makes it unique and only one in stock.
The skull pom-pom decoration is hand embroidered in Mexico.
Measurements : 19" x 18" x 3" with sturdy handles
Note: Design printed on both sides, but only embellished on one. May have some machine marks.
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