Mexican Cornhusk Dolls

Corn husk dolls are seen in most all cultures that harvest and use corn.  The native American Indians have all produced dolls of varying styles. Later the European settlers learned from the natives and made corn husk dolls for their children too.

grouping of corn husk dolls

corn husks dolls, made in Michoacan, Mexico available at

Dolls From Around The World

Corn husk dolls are still made in many societies. Here is an example from Botswana, Africa.

corn husk dolls from botswana

El SalvadorThe dolls of El Salvador have faces and range from simple to ornate costumes. The dolls are a specialty of the town Santiago Texacuangos  and are referred to as "tusa"

el salvador corn husk dolls

Corn Husk Dolls

iroquoi cornhusk faceless doll
photo by: allard-auctions Iroquois doll, early 1900's

Corn plays an essential role in Mexican culture. Every element of corn is used from the silks for medicine to the fungus on the kernels (huitlacoche). This is an example of one of the most dramatic uses for corn is in Mexican crafts.

It is traditional in Mexico to use both dyed and natural corn husks for doll making.  Also traditional textiles are used for costumes.

Mexican Corn Husk Dolls

a collection of corn husk dolls from mexico

Vintage Mexican Doll

mexican corn husk doll dancer

photo credit: faith55

Sources And Credits

Here is a collection of sources if you'd like to read and learn more about corn husk dolls.

National Gallery - A corn husk doll from the 1800's in Massachusetts.

Why dolls have no face - The legend behind why many native American corn husk dolls have no face.

How To Make A Corn Husk Doll - Learn how to make a traditional Native American corn husk doll.


Barbara Bowman graduated with degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Jose State University. As CEO of she spends most waking hours writing, cooking, eating, gardening and traveling.