Doll Maker, Puebla, Mexico

Doll Maker, Puebla, Mexico

On a recent visit to Puebla, I was walking all over the downtown with my sister-in-law on our way to the renovated Amparo Museum, when I saw this grey-haired lady sitting on a shawl on the sidewalk making colorful and brightly costumed dolls. She was making the satin hair braids when I approached and asked about the cost. She gave me a price and said to come back in 20 minutes to get the doll she was making, which, of course I did. I think she had a vision problem as it was difficult for her to make the delicate braids, but obviously was skilled enough to finish this and the rest of the dolls you see in the background. I gave her the money and was a bit nervous because being a street vendor puts anyone at risk for robbery, and she being a lone elderly female put her at even more risk. I could only hope that she remained safe after I walked away with my doll.