If you’ve visited either of our store locations, chances are that you’ve seen our beautiful Lupita dolls. Do you know the origin of these colorful dolls? They actually date back to well over 200 years ago in the Mexican state of Guanajuato in Mexico City and the city of Celaya. By this time, Spain had certainly established its unyielding presence in Mexico and had brought with it many cultural items and traditions from the Iberian Peninsula. The Spanish lifestyle trickled down from the wealthy immigrants and gained traction among the local people. Unfortunately, the poorer families were not able to afford things like the fine porcelain dolls from Spain, so in response they made do with their own versions.
This is how the Lupita doll was born. Families who could not afford expensive porcelain dolls with lacy frills and silky skirts instead made their own beautiful dolls using cartonería, a method similar to papier-mâché but yielding a much more rigid result. Girls played with beautifully decorated Lupita dolls from the colonial period all the way until the Mexican Independence period (the early 1800s).
When plastic dolls became widely available, Lupita dolls faded from popularity. But, recently, the dolls have made a comeback as artisans seek to preserve Lupita as a traditional art form. This focus on art-making has caused the presence of these unique dolls to blossom, and they can be found once again at select venues, such as at El Disco Super Center.
Come on by and choose your own beautiful Lupita doll to put on display. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for us, please let us know by going to our Contact page. Otherwise, we hope you enjoy your next trip to see us at El Disco Super Center!