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Cara de Diablo: Felipe Horta’s handcrafted masks

Since the Spanish conquest up until the revolution, the eternal battle between good and evil has been portrayed in Mexican dancing traditions. Felipe Horta has been working for more than 30 years, like many other artisans, on creating masks and wardrobes that give their identity to these traditions in the state of Michoacán.

Filmed in Tócuaro, Michoacán, Mexican filmmaker Mariano Rentería Garnica captures renowned craftsman Felipe Horta and his work in Cara de Diablo, one in a series of short films about Mexican Handcraft Masters. We also get a glimpse at the painstaking art of sewing the corresponding clothing that, due to the traditional sequinwork, can take six months to complete.

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filipe horta carved wood masks
filipe horta mask painting
Previously from the series: Abdón Punzo Ángel’s artisanal coppersmithing from scraps and Mexican piñas pottery handmade with natural clay

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