Maria dolls, a nostalgic Mexican tradition

What are they?

They are crafts that help us preserve memories of tenderness, magic and humility about our childhood in Mexico. Marias dolls help preserve the Mexican magic and humility of Mazahua women.

History of "Maria dolls".

The first dolls were porcelain and imported from Spain, however, over time these dolls were the representation of the Mazahuas women who toured the city.


These dolls are native to Michoacán and the State of Mexico and are toys that you can find in markets. They are currently made of rag and colored slats, but the former are believed to be made of clay, palm and corn hair. Tradition says that dolls were made to protect children from evil spirits.

It’s called “Muñeca Maria” because they’re representing Mazahua women. They walked the streets with their slats on their hair in colors and wore typical costumes of the region.

There is also a slightly different version called “Lupita Doll”, this one is made of cardboard and is painted with flower dresses and different figures.

This was created in the state of Guanajuato. There are other variations in the north of the country, these are made with a shiny suit and flowery fabrics, where also the guajiro dolls, which also have details in lace, cloths and black socks. Definitely maria dolls, are crafts that help us preserve memories of tenderness, magic and humility about our childhood in Mexico.

What are they made of?

These dolls are made of rag, slats, strokes and embroidery.

What's the price?

Prices can range from $190.00 to $490.00

Where to buy Mexican rag dolls?

You can buy these dolls in Mexican artisan markets in different parts of Mexico, but especially in Querétaro, Mexico City, Guanajuato and Michoacán. Traditional Mexican hairstyle on the dolls. Braids are a typical hairstyle that they usually use from indigenous women to folk dances, it was a hairstyle widely used during the Mexican Revolution with the Soldaderas and Adelitas and how to forget that it is the representative hairstyle of our beautiful artist Frida. Even in some communities such as mazatecos, a woman’s hairstyle can represent her marital status.

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