Tradition and culture are an important part of the Mexican way of life. This can be seen not least in the festivities of Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Rather than a day of mourning, it’s a celebration when people remember the dead. For the Aztecs, death did not mean the end of a life, but the transition into another. So, on 2nd November, processions are held throughout the entire country and families celebrate in the cemetery, at the graves of their dead. Traditional face-painting is an important part of the festivities and the Calavera are everywhere.
In Mexico, the symbol of La Calavera, the skull, is closely linked with Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, on 2nd November. This day is traditionally a colourful celebration of eternal friendship, when people not only think about the dead, but celebrate with them too, in a meeting of this world and beyond!
The skull is at the centre of the festivities on this day, when it is customary for festival-goers to paint their faces in a characteristic way. Our “skull” top is cast from solid metal and pays homage to this ancient, Mexican tradition.