“Piñata Masters” on Netflix

The piñata is the best-known papier mache object made in Mexico, with makers found everywhere in the country. Although originally developed for the Christmas season, their later association with birthdays has created a huge market spawning piñatas in many sizes, shapes and colors.

Although the piñata is famous, there are still elements about it and the people who make them that are unfamiliar.  Enter the streaming giant Netflix, with the aim of promoting this aspect of Mexican culture, but with a very U.S. twist: a reality-TV competition pitting seven pairs of piñata makers from all over Mexico against each other for a million-peso prize.

“Piñata Masters,” debuted on Netflix on December 23.  It offers a 1-million-peso prize for the best and most creative piñata making. The Spanish-language version is called “Dale, Dale, Dale” after the first words in the song spectators sing when it’s someone’s turn to hit the piñata.

Rosa María Lemus Méndez and Brittani Yari Walker Morales from the state of Guanajuato were the all-female pairing.  The two are more familiar with the making of papier mache skeletal figures, dolls and other toys, as well as giant puppets called mojigangas.


All the effort has already started to pay off. Lemus in particular has gotten a lot of attention from the Guanajuato state press.  Walker called it “an incredible experience” because of Netflix’s global platform with millions of subscribers.

— Read full article at    https://mexiconewsdaily.com/netflixs-pinata-masters-brings-mexican-art-ofcartoneria-to-reality-tv/


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