Who knew I was going to become a Santeros? Or would it be Santeras since I am female? I am no “saint maker” but did have fun creating these one-of-a-kind dolls. Santos dolls fascinate me, specifically the caged dolls for some time now. My last trip to Oaxaca, I saw some beautiful ones in an antique store. You can imagine the price. Originally, priests carved Santos dolls in the seventeenth century for use as in-home alters for small villages who did not have a priest or for parishioners who could not travel to a church.
The Santos are closely related to Creche figures implemented in Italy by St. Francis of Assisi (I have a small white figure from my visit there from many years ago). As the Spaniards descended upon the Americas, they brought these dolls with them and few remain, therefore, the hefty 4 and 5 digit figure price tag.
My dolls certainly do not exude any religious connotations, instead I take a more modern, rustic approach to Santos doll making. It is my honor to have you meet Rosita’s friends, Esmerelda and The Guardian.
To learn how to make the basic Santos, go to Jeanne Oliver’s site and sign up for Jennifer Rizzo’s Santos Class. It’s only $19 and is open for a year…..quite the bargain and look what you can do with your new found skills!