Skelita's look is gore-geous and full of deeper meaning that calls back to her Hexican scare-itage. Today I'm looking at her frightly colored skirt which is made from tiered layers of Papel Picado.
In Spanish, Papel = Paper (you have to respect Skelita for wearing a paper skirt - muy crunchy!) and Picado = cut, chopped or perforated. Each piece is carefully designed and cut with a special chisel to show a bright design in paper.
Papel Picado is used to decorate for important days - birthdays, weddings, Easter, Christmas and many more including (of course!) Día de Muertos.
The designs vary from holiday to holiday and the colors of the paper do as well. For instance, purple is used at Easter and white is traditional at weddings and baptisms. For Día de Muertos, many colors are used but usually include a vibrant pink, purple and marigold orange.
One of the most interesting parts of Papel Picado is that it is important to look at the shapes made by what paper is left and what is taken away. In art, (Skelita's favorite subject) we call what is taken away (or the space between) Negative Space.
If you look scarefully at Papel Picado you'll see that some of the shapes and words are made in the paper or Positive Space and some are in the Negative Space.
Have a look at some examples:
A fangtastic slideshow at Monsta High Nuket shows the design of each of Skelita's Papel Picado. I saw Positive Space bats and bones, and Negative Space stars, hearts, safety pins and I am positive that there are more to find.
Here is one of the most famous and easy to find Negative Space examples just for fun. Do you see the arrow in between in the E and the X in DeadEx and FedEx?
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