Brief History of Corn:
The history of corn began about 6000 B.C. in Southern Mexico, where indigenous people domesticated a wild form of “Maize” called “Teosinte.” Corn as we know it today would not exist if it weren’t for the humans that cultivated and developed it. It is a human invention, a plant that does not exist naturally in the wild. It can only survive if planted and protected by humans. Native people throughout North and South America eventually depended upon this crop for much of their food. From Mexico “maize” spread north into the Southwestern United States and south down the coast to Peru. About 1000 years ago, as indigenous people migrated to North America, they brought corn with them.
Corn Husk Dolls:
The tradition of corn husk doll making goes back thousands of years and is traced back to native indigenous practices throughout the American continent.
Some dolls were used for décor, gifts, toys, and personal enjoyment. Others were used in healing ceremonies and were tied to native legends from different indigenous tribes.
Throughout Mexico, village artisans create beautiful handcrafted items ranging from baskets, dolls, flowers, figurines representing the folklore of the village, and ornaments.
The art of creating handcrafted items with corn husk is passed down from generation to generation. Corn husks are expensive and require a special treatment to ensure pliability and to prevent mold.
Corn is central to Mexican culture. Every part of the corn is used from the silks for medicine to the fungus on the kernels “huitlacoche”. Handcrafted art made from dried corn husk is one of the most creative uses for corn. The corn not only provides nourishment, it provides a source of income for many Mexican artisans.