Sunday, February 21, 2010

Mannequin Mania in Mexico - Chiconcuac















Take a trip to the textile market in the little village of Chiconcuac near Texcoco and you get an authentic Mexican experience so much more than you bargained for. True you can buy a whole array of jumpers, jeans, ponchos, blankets, dresses, scarves, football shirts from the miles and miles of tianguis (temporary stalls under tarpaulins), but check out the mannequins upon which the goods are displayed.......




















From romantic frat boys to freaky kids to cool cowboys, Raj ladies to Stepford wives to prim airhostesses ...have you ever seen such a wonderful variety of mannequins??.....




















It became more and more difficult to concentrate on the clothes being sold, as my fascination grew and grew....



















Has anyone seen such an interesting and stunning collection anywhere else in the world??...



















I should give you more of a flavour of the market itself with its bright tarpaulins billowing against the blue sky, hectic, bustling atmosphere with crowds thronging the narrow alleys, food carts and quesadilla stalls, plus the range of bright coloured clothes for sale.....



















But the final word goes to those mannequins that are ubiquitous throughout Mexico and very much part of the culture here. The final shot is of a mannequin shop where you can buy whatever model you desire....




Texcoco is easily reachable in 45 minutes from TAPO bus station DF for 27 pesos, and Chiconcuac is about another fifteen minutes up into the surrounding hills. For more glimpses of the world this week, click here for My World Tuesday...Enjoy!!

22 comments:

Cassie said...

Wow the colors are almost overwhelming! I had to chuckle at the mannequins. So life like...NOT!!

A fun look at Mexico's mannequin mania.

Maggie B said...

Hi Catherine,
So glad you came over to my Normandy blog yesterday because now I've discovered yours, clever how that works isn't it?
Your shadow mosaics are fab but those mannequins are amazing.
~Maggie~

A Cuban In London said...

They look so real. And stern. I felt like shouting out: Smile, boy! at the first photo. :-) Great images.

Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Peter said...

Fascinating! The type of mannequin you chose is finally important to give the image of what you are selling. The choice is vast ... and probably important!

VioletSky said...

those mannequins are hilarious. I can see why you'd get distracted. they are so much more fun than our bland faceless creatures.

Sylvia K said...

What a fabulous post, Catherine! And I love all your photos! The mannequins are absolutely delightful/funny/cute/amazing! Thanks for the fun!! Have a terrific week!

Sylvia

Joanna said...

Wow--I've never really paid much attention to the mannequins here before. What an amazing variety! Great photos.

Wren said...

What fun - it's a nice change of perspective to concentrate on the mannequins.

Fly Girl said...

Muy suave! Those beards are hillarious! Mexican culture is so colorful on so many levels.

ewok1993 said...

this is where window shopping can really get very satisfying.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great post. I had never seen such a great variety of mannequins.

Rajesh said...

Very nice market with lovely choice of cloths.

J Bar said...

Magnificent manniquins.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

magiceye said...

wow
what an amazing place!

Indrani said...

Wow! Wide range of subjects, all so wonderfully composed shots.

SandyCarlson said...

What an incredible array! You are so right. Thanks for sharing these ambassadors from everywhere.

Louise said...

Those mannequins are scary. They look like they're ready to come to life and execute their master plan for world domination...

Irene said...

Interesting post! Those mannequins are hilarious! And thanks for visiting!

Wendy said...

I like the ones with beards. Kind of retro. The kids freak me out though.

Stine in Ontario said...

What a wonder array of mannequins! Who'd have thought they could be so fascinating?

Cate said...

Fun post, I was intriqued with the femal mannequins in Panama City, the all seemed to have breast implants.

Catherine said...

thanks for all the appreciative comments this week...