Recently my sisters and I spent a couple weeks studying Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico. One afternoon after class, we visited the Mercado de Artesanías y Plata near the Palacio de Cortes. It is a large, colourful, and somewhat claustrophobic gathering of arts and crafts vendors
We were looking for Amate (or bark) paintings. After wandering through a maze of fascinating crafts, my sister Mary and I eventually found them.
Papel amate, or bark paper, is produced by hand in the state of Puebla by Otomi Indians using bark from the mulberry or fig trees. Some of the paper eventually makes its way to southern Mexico where local artists paint bright village and wildlife scenes on the hand-made paper.
Mary and I enjoyed talking to the Amate vendors. The husband was an artist and who had painted much of the artwork that they had for sale. They were a fascinating couple and I was glad to get a picture of them standing in front of their stall.
The portrait below was enhanced with Snapseed and Prisma. The Amate paintings were edited using Snapseed only.