5 Homemade Catrina Dolls You Can Buy Online

Lead Photo: Art by Alan López for Remezcla
Art by Alan López for Remezcla
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La Catrina, popularized through José Guadalupe Posada‘s art, is emblematic of Día de Muertos. Typically, she’s dressed in a large sombrero and voluminous dress, and through Posada’s work, she came to criticize the upper crust. Between 1976 and 1910 – aka the Porfiriato – La Catrina was used to denounce the rich’s hypocrisy, the corrupt government and the power imbalance. But, as Regina Marchi, a journalism professor at Rutgers University, noted, these messages have “been lost between the general public.” Instead, now, La Catrina is a symbol of “unity, distinction and cultural pride” for Mexicans living in the United States.

Recently, Mattel unveiled its new La Catrina-inspired doll. While many were excited for the Barbie, plenty of others criticized the company for capitalizing on a holiday so tied to Mexican, and specifically Indigenous, culture. Regardless of where you stand, we scoured the internet to find you some other alternatives. Check them out below.


Photo via MXArtsCrafts

$36.12, buy here.


Photo via FiestaMexicana

$20, buy here.


Photo via Mexican Talavera

$118, buy here.


Photo via ColoryTradicion

$17.99, buy here.


Photo via FiestaMexicana

$45, buy here.