"María", the Mexican doll that defeated her imitation made in China

One of the crafts that most represent the mexican culture is the famous "María", a rag doll that since the last century has been produced uninterrupted by the Otomi Indians. This culture has its greatest presence in the state of Querétaro, and although they are the ones who originally created the "Marías", these dolls can be found throughout the country thanks to the fact that more craftspeople are dedicated to making them.

A short time ago, a chain of stores in Mexico, added to its catalog the rag dolls that were identical to the "Marias", and that in essence pretended to be completely equal, however, they were manufactured in China and also had a price higher to the original dolls. Fortunately, the Mexican government and the community managed to get the store not to sell the imitation and look for the only and original Maria to be commercialized.


But what elements do these dolls have that make them so peculiar and symbolic?

  • The materials. The rag and colorful ribbons are common materials in Mexican crafts. A "Maria" shows that sophisticated materials are not needed to be a high-end toy; thanks to its components, the dolls, more than a toy, are a collector's item.

  • The dressing. The shape of the dress and the ribbons are the clear representation of the indigenous people that have as much cultural richness as the one given to the country. Since the Conquest and then with the Colony, Mexico acquired a crossbreeding and a cultural baggage that was reflected in their typical clothes.


  • Traditional alternative. Due to its low costs and its unique characteristics, Marías dolls are a better option than any toy made in mass with conventional materials. Despite having all a craft work behind, its cost is very affordable and children can have all they want since none of them will be equal to the other.

  • The passion of the craftsmen. Those who made the rag dolls today expose their dedication to preserve one of the most emblematic traditions of Mexico. With each "Mary" go the traditions and customs of an entire nation.


Now that you know the history of these dolls, you can value the work behind each of them and, above all, relive the childhood in which you probably had rag toys that were unique to you.

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