"NidArt - Definitely worth a visit...." Mazatlán Things to Do Tip by mexicruiser
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If you are down at the Plazuela Machada, it is definitely worth making a short side-trip to a wonderful art gallery/store called NidArt - it is actually the home of an artist couple and their family, and they have dedicated part of their home to their gallery/store where they display their own works, as well as those of artists from all over Mexico!
Their specialty is leather masks, and the day that we visited we were treated to a demonstration of their unique mask making technique, one which they developed many years ago, using a combination of techniques learned in Morocco and Italy. They use different hides, pig skin, fish skin, goat skin, etc...quite fascinating! The wife was extremely gracious and very friendly, and took a lot of time out of her busy schedule to explain the whole process to us, which we greatly appreciated! Definitely a gallery worth visiting, and absolutely no pressure to buy anything which is very nice for a change!! A must-see....
The following is an exerpt taken from their website:What is Nidart and where is it?
Nidart is a nest (group) of artisans located in a XIX century house in the heart of the Old Mazatlan, next to the Angela Peralta Theater.
Nidart was opened by Rak, Loa and their children in 1992 as a family workshop where they made and offered their art crafts: mainly leather masks, faces and pins, clay figurines ("the little people of clay and leather") and their children's art work, besides the homemade bread that they shared with the visitors.
During the past years, Nidart has exhibited the artwork from different locals, national and foreign artists and artisans.
Today Nidart as a nest (group) of artisans That offers a large variety of handcrafts and art.
Directions: On the street corner NE of Plazuela Machado, near the Angela Peralta Theater.
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