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What are the Milagritos? Mexican Art

Discover the meaning of the traditional Mexican Milagritos: Works of art full of love and passion ideal for decorating spaces and showing devotion.

Mexico is a country full of color and tradition, characterized by its handicrafts that are representative of each region and have a unique meaning. Such is the case of the Milagritos, a typical element of Mexican handcrafts that has currently gained great popularity internationally. Read on and find out more about these Mexican hearts!

 

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What are Milagritos?

Milagritos are figurines made in Mexico by local artisans, which are usually made of tin and wood. Their main attraction is their details, as they are inspired by nature and animals, in addition to their striking colors.

 

What is the origin of the Mexican Milagritos?

These handicrafts have their origins in the southeastern part of Mexico, mainly in the state of Oaxaca, and there are traces of Milagritos since colonial times.

It is believed that they were originated by ancient tinsmiths, who dedicated their free time to make decorative objects, such as jars, food utensils and Milagritos.

Today, you can find a variety of them in Oaxaca and San Miguel de Allende, two cities considered the main artisans of the Milagritos and where you will see a lot of different designs and models, such as: frames, mirrors, vases and much more.

 

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Why were they called Mexican Milagritos?

In ancient times, it was believed that when a miracle occurred, one had to go to the churches and give thanks with a bronze medal, just like Hernán Cortés, who had his milagrito in gratitude for having survived the sting of a scorpion.

Therefore, having a Milagritos handicraft, meant to be in grace with the heart and represented the Sacred Heart of Jesus, according to the Catholic Church. Over the years, this handicraft took different forms until today we know it as Milagritos, a colorful heart that helps to chase away bad energies.

 

What are you waiting for to get yours? In the stores of Los Cinco Soles, you will find a great variety of Milagritos of all colors and sizes, ideal to decorate your home and protect it from bad vibes. We are waiting for you!

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