· By Lorena Robletto
Preserving Cultural Traditions Through Pinata Making
Cultural diffusion is a natural process that occurs when different cultures mix and share ideas and practices. As a migrant woman and owner of this creative studio focused on piñata making in Los Angeles, I understand the importance of respecting and honoring cultural traditions. The piñata has evolved over the years, but we cannot forget how deeply rooted this tradition is in Mexican culture.
I have a team of remote employees located in Colombia, as well as local Latinx workers who contribute to the production of our piñatas. We are all aware that we are spreading a cultural tradition, and we ensure that each piñata is made with the utmost care and respect.
We know there is an ongoing debate about cultural appropriation. The cultural appropriation of piñatas is just a small part of a larger issue in the United States: the oppression and exploitation of Mexicans and other immigrant groups. Mexican culture and heritage are often used to gain economic benefits without respecting the history, tradition, and meaning behind them.
Mexican and Latinx workers in the United States often face unjust and dangerous working conditions. These workers are exploited by companies seeking to maximize their profits, regardless of the human cost.
At Amazing Pinatas, we are aware of the history and meaning behind cultural traditions and work to ensure they are properly respected and honored. We work to ensure that all workers are treated with dignity and justice in the workplace.
Amazing Pinatas is a place where people can enjoy the joy and fun of piñatas, but also where cultures are respected and honored. We are proud to be able to share the beauty and joy of piñatas with everyone. As we continue to move forward, we hope to continue being a cultural bridge for all those seeking to connect with their heritage and roots.