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Punched Tin Tissue Boxes

These punched tin tissue boxes are hand-made in Mexico and can be found throughout the Ojo resort.

Tin work, known in Mexico as hojalata, is an ancient art form dating back to the Spanish Colonial period.

The metal is also known as "poor man's silver" because it is so soft that it can be rolled, pressed and hammered into extremely thin sheets. Colonists used the pierced metal to shield candles from the wind in the lanterns. Punched tin boxes were also used as bed warmers, and the early settlers used them to keep their feet warm during carriage or sleigh rides, as well as during services in unheated churches. Punched tin was also popular for the panels of food and pie safes before refrigeration to keep insects away from the stored provisions while still allowing the air to circulate.

Mexico's tin art is still very popular today and is used to create may household items and decorative objects.

Fits a standard cube tissue box. Hand made in Mexico. Each piece is unique.

Tissue boxes come in silver or copper finish with flower or zigzag design.


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