This is Paradise…

They are ballerinas and singers, hippies and nurses, green gnomes, armed Vikings, half-exposed belly dancers, kings, queens and princesses, exquisite brides and whimsical faeries; and now – COVER GIRLS!
Two “Original Friends” posed for camera last week and ended up on the front page of this newspaper jump-starting a new trend in an artistic tradition as old as mankind – handmade cloth dolls. Literally crafted from donated scraps of fabric, these delightful creatures are created by imprisoned women in Mexico under gentle guidance by Rebecca Roth who developed the first doll nearly a decade ago.
Dozens of these divine divas can be found at the Paradise Community Center every Saturday Market Co-op from 9am to 1pm. Visit James, irrepressible son of Rebecca and learn the histories of each doll including their names. And, if you have a specific type of doll in mind and are able to wait a bit James will special order your own Original Friend.  Prices are surprisingly low considering at least one week of labor is needed to create a single doll. They make wonderful gifts that will be cherished for a lifetime and passed down to the next generation to love.
When you have taken your treasured Original Friend home and have her settled and you realize she needs a partner in crime, go online to www.prisondolls.com to order a suitable companion delivered straight to your door.
“Art to Wear” creator Barbara Peters appears every Saturday at the Market Co-op with new hand painted/tie dyed clothes for women with matching accessories including necklaces and earrings. The lightweight cotton tops –just what we need to glide through Vallarta´s summers – look terrific over tights, shorts or skinny pants. Barbara also custom-designs pins, rings and bracelets using semi- and precious stones set in sterling silver. To view her complete collection visit Galleria Vallarta on calle Guererro in Centro.
Many Co-op vendors (including yours truly) will be joining James and Barbara in Parque Lazaro Cardenas in the Romantic Zone from 11 am to 11 pm May 17 to the 25th. Please stop by often, say hi and help support this new exciting celebration: Puerto Vallarta´s First Annual Bougainvillea Festival.

By Marcia Blondin

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