It is traditional to use both dyed and natural corn husks for doll-making. The dolls are sometimes elaborate and decorated by the artist to resemble traditional apparel. Two such artists, Moises and Marco Ruiz Sosa, who have taken the use of corn husks to a new level of folk art.
Moises is a street vendor whose thoughtful reflection on the natural life cycle finds shape through the delicate working of corn husks. Here the deteriorating skeleton of a cow lies on the ground, ribs and skull still visible, fertilizing the earth. This gives rise to new life, a plant in the shape of a woman, rooted in the soil of death. Her fertility flowers into a bird of paradise. A butterfly finds its food source among its petals, in turn.
Shucked from ears of corn, these husks have a delightful history in both the arts and crafts and as an object with culinary uses. The dried leaves or husks of corn are referred to as totomoxtle.
The brothers learned their craft from their mother. Together with their sister, they sell their whimsical corn husk dolls, flowers and jewelry at the local markets.