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DIY: Decorate your Own Holographic / Iridescent Shoes

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DIY: How to decorate your own holographic / iridescent shoes with this simple technique | Live Colorful

We are obsessed with iridescent everything! Shoes, backpacks, lipsticks, nails and home decor items. So the other day, when I was about to throw away a pair of ugly shoes that I didn’t use anymore, I had the great idea of decorate them with that holographic/iridescent effect that we love so much.

I have been wanted to try a DIY inspired by this multicolored effect, and trying it for the first time in my old shoes sounded like a great experiment. Now they look alive and fun, and they can stay with me for a few more months.

Just as a note, make a pre-test in a small area of your shoe, or in a piece fabric so you can have a better idea of how it’ll look. The iridescent foil works different in each surface and texture, so make sure it works as you want in yours.

MATERIALS:

STEPS:

  1. Thoroughly clean the surface of our shoes.
  2. Use a spatula or card and spread the adhesive lightly over the area you want to cover with the foil iridescent.
  3. Cut a piece of foil, that fits in your shoe, and place on top of the adhesive.
  4. Use a clean rag to cover the foil and press with the hot iron for approximately 20 seconds.
  5. Allow the whole product to dry and then remove the layer of foil.
  6. Cut more pieces of foil and apply them until you cover your whole shoe.

I discovered that if you work in small areas the process is so much easier and it looks better.

How to Make a Cute Mexican Axolotl Costume for Your Dog

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Make a cute mexican axolotl costume for your dog this Halloween! | Como hacer un disfraz increiblemente adorable de ajolote (axolotl) mexicano para tu perro. (VIDEO TUTORIAL) | Live Colorful

Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos are almost here! Every year I create a Halloween costume for my dog. I love the creative challenge of creating a costume, and my dog loves the attention that he receives when he is wearing the costume. We enjoy participating in local festivals, and I hope this year we can win one of the dog costume contest! This is the costume that I created last year:How to Make a Unicorn Costume for your Dog. It has been so popular that had been featured in Woman’s Day, Country Living and many other blogs and online magazines.

This year I wanted to make a costume that mixes both of both celebrations, Halloween, and Day of the Dead. That made me think of an animal that looks like a monster called a Mexican axolotl.

We learned of these little creatures a few years ago when my sister came to visit me to Mexico City. We decided to take a tour through Xochimilco and during the tour we learn a little about its vegetation, traditional culture, indigenous heritage, and these endangered species. The word axolotl or ajolote comes from the Nahuatl axolotl word that means “water monster”. It is a very ugly animal, but that makes it incredibly adorable, especially if it inspires a costume for your dog this Halloween!

Check out the video so you can make one for your dog too!

 

MATERIALS

  • 1 meter of iridescent fabric (red or orange)
  • 1 meter of fringe
  • ½ meter double-sided velcro tape
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine or needle
  • Rule
  • Scissors
  • Tracing or kraft paper (to make the pattern)
  • 2 black buttons
  • Wadding

Make a cute mexican axolotl costume for your dog this Halloween! | Como hacer un disfraz increiblemente adorable de ajolote (axolotl) mexicano para tu perro. (VIDEO TUTORIAL) | Live Colorful

You might like: How to Make a Unicorn Costume for your Dog

Make a ridiculously adorable unicorn costume for your dog this Halloween | LiveColorful.com

The Art and History of Traditional Fashion in Mexico

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Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

A few days ago I went to a temporary exhibition in Mexico City with approximately 100 public and private collections of traditional Mexican clothing. I enjoyed seeing the more than 225 mannequins and 400 items from clothing, accessories, designs, painting and photographies. It’s the first time I encountered an exhibition in Mexico about fashion and textiles featuring so many indigenous cultures from around the country. In that small space I walked through 75 years of history of Mexican fashion! Can you imagine? It was really inspiring.

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

These amazing traditional garments speak for themselves. I love seeing the colors, the intricate, majestic embroidery designs, and botanical inspiration. I saw pieces of the different indigenous Mexican cultures like the otomí, purépecha, totonaca, huasteca, nahua, amuzgo o huichol, maya, tzotzil, mazahua and some modern mixed pieces, like the traditional China Poblana and charro, quechquemitls and shawls.

Here some traditional garments from around Mexico:

FAJAS

The fajas are accessories that hold skirts, pants and tangles, and its function is similar to that of a belt. These garments are typical of Zinacantan, Chiapas. The production of one of these last approximately a month! The fajas are not just adorned with detailed embroidery shapes, they tell fascinating stories. The mothers of the community weave in them about their children, their sacred animals and many other important events in their lives.

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

HUIPIL

A traditional huipil (huipilli in Nahuatl) consists of a rectangular cloth, folded in half, with an opening for the head. This dress is related to the indigenous and mestizo part of southern Mexico and Central America, it is commonly used in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

QUECHQUEMITL

Quechquémitl, Nahuatl word that means tip neck. This garment production technique dates back to pre-Hispanic times. Proudly originally from Mexico, they are mainly produced in the State of Mexico using wool, and in Puebla, Veracruz, San Luis Potosi and Hidalgo using cotton. They are produced by different cultures around Mexico, as the Otomí, Huasteca, Totonac, Mayan and Nahua, and each culture have their own  embroidery techniques, material and color palette that makes them unique.

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

 

SARAPE, GABAN OR JORONGO 

Interestingly, the serape was created just to dressed the men of the community. Not until now, that is had become so popular, it has been adapted for women. This traditional garment has different names, Sarape, gaban and jorongo, depending on the Mexican state where it’s created. It’s similar to the ponchos used in South America. It’s produced mainly in the State of Mexico and Saltillo with wool, cotton and sometimes with applications of gold, silver and silk.

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

 

Some of my favorite pieces:

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

Above: Huipil with petticoat created by Florentina López de Jesús. Cotton yarn in natural color and coyuchi, taffeta fabrics ligaments and supplementary weft. Poplin tailored skirt. From Xochistlahuaca, Guerrero, Mexico.

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

Above: Traje de mujer cora. Popelina de algodón estampada, con aplicaciones de listones de satén de acetato liso y bordado con hilazas comerciales en punto de saten. From Santa Teresa de Nayar, Nayarit, Mexico.

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

Above: Indumentaria antigua nahua, 1950. Cotton and linen fabrics with taffeta ligament in waist loom: real point embroidered with silk threads and applications bar. From Amatlán de los Reyes, Veracruz, Mexico.

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

Above: Indumentaria tradicional huasteca, 1970. Tangle industrial fabric: cotton belt and acrylic yarn woven belt: satin blouse made with machine: quechquemitl embroidery cross stitch checkered table with acrylic yarn, worsted acrylic petob – tocado -: backpack embroidered cotton blanket and glass bead necklace. From Tancanhuitz Santos, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

 

We love to know more about textiles from around the world, and we are lucky to get to see many of the work created by communities and cultures from around Mexico, since we get to travel around the country very often. There is something about the history of textiles and prints that I find fascinating, maybe the fact that everything has an important and special meaning. Do you love textiles as much as we do?

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful

Traditional garments from different cultures around Mexico. The patterns and textiles are striking! | Live Colorful