Last Papel Picado design belonging to the series of The Day of the Dead

Chiselled paper (papel Picado) is a handcraft made in Mexico, commonly hanged during different celebrations. Motifs vary from national heroes, heart shapes, sculls, flowers, memorable phrases (Viva Mexico!), symbols of freedom and peace, among others.

GSYSB together with producer Didier Lebon research contemporary Mexican imagery and facts, re-design motifs and produce hand-made Papel Picado in Mexico.

Examples of new themes are the definition of Modern Rites of Passage, new political portraits to admire, media heroes, recent deceased personalities to mourn for. The collection reflects new expressive needs from the citizens and updated values and feelings. It works for the people to enhance their national identity either with pride or as a protest object.

This design is part of the series of four that are made to remember four important personalities who died between 2014 and 2015. Papel Picado is used during the Day of the Dead celebration to decorate altars. 

Didier Lebon and Gabriela Sánchez y Sánchez de la Barquera started collaborating since 2015.

For the whole collection click HERE.