Vegan Leather from the Prickly Pear Cactus

As interest continues to rise in sustainable and vegan leather alternatives, two Mexican entrepreneurs have founded Desserto, an organization dedicated to exploring the capabilities of the Opuntia cactus, more commonly known as the prickly pear. This perennial grower can yield organic material to harvest every six to eight months for about eight years. No irrigation systems are needed, it is dried under the sun and naturally tanned, …

Creative Masks From Around the World

Beginning with the lucha libre-inspired masks of Isaías Huerta (a resident of Puebla, Mexico), Atlas Obscura explores creative face masks made all over the world. Huerta—a retired wrestler and current costume-maker—began designing masks for friends and family, eventually extending his output to others. As unique as Huerta’s designs are, his desire to enhance his masks with representations of personality is universal. Now, more than ever, …

Editors’ Selects: At-Home Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

An opportunity to reflect on Mexican design, heritage and history

A celebration of Mexican culture and its international influence, Cinco de Mayo evolved from the commemoration of a battle in the Franco-Mexican War on 5 May 1862. Today, within the Mexican state of Puebla, festivities abound. Across the US, many indulge in traditional Mexican cuisine and music, along with cocktails featuring the country’s beloved spirits, tequila and mezcal. For us, Cinco de Mayo extends beyond an …