These Mexican handicrafts are made on pieces of wood decorated with metal figures know as “Milagros”. This is an old religious tradition, giving thanks for the gifts of the heavens. This craft is represented as Mexican Folk Art. Irregularity in color and shape are characteristics of this craft. The word milagro translates to “miracle”. Traditionally they were used as part of a religious ceremony whereby the believer would pray to one of the sacred symbols or associated Saint. Once the prayer has been answered, the believer will make a pilgrimage to the relevant site or church with the milagro, which they would leave there as a sign of devotion. In Mexico this process is referred to as a “Manda” .
Milagros are often carried for good luck and protection or as a reminder of gratitude – they make beautiful gifts and are special pieces to have in your home.
Milagros (also known as an ex-voto or dijes or promesas) are religious folk charms that are traditionally used for healing purposes and as votive offerings in Mexico, the southern United States, other areas of Latin America, and parts of the Iberian peninsula. They are frequently attached to altars, shrines, and sacred objects found in places of worship, and they are often purchased in churches and cathedrals, or from street vendors.
Milagros come in a variety of shapes and dimensions and are fabricated from many different materials, depending on local customs.
Due to the nature of hand crafting, each piece of art is unique and beautiful, variations and imperfections are to be expected and are normal. This only adds to the uniqueness of each piece, each piece is a individual work of art.
Handcrafted from Mexico