Familial handicraft for Christmas sphere passed on by generations in southern Mexican village

This tiny family has made its living for decades by producing colored globes for Christmas celebration in the picturesque village of Tlalpujahua in Mexico’s southern state of Michoacan.
(Soundbite) Salvador Hernandez, Craftsman
“The sphere, as you can see, comes out from here and goes out clear. Here, when it arrives, we put a reactive reagent and then we apply silver nitrate, shake a bit, immerse it in hot water, or between hot and warm, so that we can cover it with silver color.”
The glass is torch-heated, while the artisans’ hands keep moving to shape it as needed.
At a certain temperature, it is blown through the nozzle, and once formless, it is now transformed into a globe, ready to be painted and decorated.
(Soundbite) Yolanda James, Craftswoman
“We are different artisans, uniquely family type. Dad and all kids work together and everything is manually produced. Nothing is done with machines. Everything gets made with our hands and lungs. Each bulb actually has different designs with different creativity.”
Founded in the 16th century and booming over mining economy for 4 centuries, the village still enjoys international fame for producing such ornaments for Christmas.
With the arguable reputation of “the World Capital of Christmas Spheres,” you can know how the villagers get adapted to the changing market through using the boon given by God.

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