One of the most striking aspects of Mexican culture is its deep tradition of folk art. It is everywhere: from market stalls to the humblest homes; in everyday cooking utensils and street murals, in restaurants and clothing. A quick walk down a street can reveal sculpted wood doors, paper mache piñatas and papel picado punched paper garlands.

Papel picado in Oaxaca, Mexico

The tradition of making things by hand is so deeply rooted that art and colour seep into practically every aspect of life.

Sugar skulls and papel picado Mexico

Mural Puebla Mexico

As a designer, seeing this folk art tradition in Mexico fills me with awe every single time. It can be hard to wrap your mind around so much colour and artistry and intricacy surrounding you, especially when you're from a culture that's less exposed to art in day-to-day life.

I wanted to share some of my favourite images of colourful, awe-inspiring artesanias from our last trip to Puebla, Oaxaca and Mexico City. While this is just a scratch in the surface of getting to know these customs, I hope these images bring you a dose of joy and colour and visual inspiration.

Mexico pinata and market in Mexico City

Papel picado for sale in market

Papel picado for sale in market in Puebla

One of the best places to get a full overview of Mexico's vast folk art tradition is in the Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico City. A museum fully dedicated to preserving and promoting folk art, it is filled with collections of handicrafts and explanations of their history.

Museo de Arte Popular Mexico City

Traditional dresses at the Museo de Arte Popular

Handcrafted guitar and religious sculpture in the Museo de Arte Popular

Arbol de vida Tree of life Mexico

The intricate arbol de vida, tree of life sculptures

Arbol de vida tree of life Museo de Arte Popular

Mexican tapestry in Museo de Arte Popular

The museum explains how folk art in Mexico is deeply linked to indigenous traditions, the country's mixed historical roots and its vast biodiversity.

Avocado seller sculpture Mexican in Museo de Arte Popular

One of my favourites - the avocado street vendor

Geography and the environment play a role in the type of folk art that is produced in different parts of the country, with more muted earthy colours in the desert-filled north and vivid colours in the lush south.

Mexican cactus art in Museo de Arte Popular

Art from the north

Typical art from the Oaxaca region in the south

More colourful art from the Oaxaca region in the south

Map of Mexico's biodiversity by Jose Miguel Covarrubias Duclaud

Map of Mexico's biodiversity by painter Jose Miguel Covarrubias Duclaud

The museum happened to be having a piñata art competition.

Pinata in Mexico City

Pinata competitionMuseo de Arte Popular pinata competition

We also stumbled upon a free exhibit in Mexico City honouring the grand masters of folk art. This was the point at which my brain and senses overloaded on Mexican artistry.

Grandes Maestros exhibit in Mexico City

Mexican folk art ofrenda and sculpture

Mexico is truly a land of artists. I can't wait to keep exploring these folk art traditions.

Mexican folk art detail

Have you been to Mexico and seen any folk art? Let me know in a comment below!