Tortilla Stamp (Sello Ceremonial)

Tortilla Stamp (Sello Ceremonial)

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Sellos ceremoniales (ceremonial stamps) are hand-carved wooden stamps that are customary among the Otomí people in the modern-day Mexican states of Querétaro and Guanajuato. Traditionally, the hand-carved mesquite wood is painted with natural dyes and used to imprint an image on tortillas, typically for days of special celebrations like high religious and national holidays, as well as occasions such as weddings and quinceñearas. The painted tortillas are known simply as tortillas ceremoniales (“ceremonial tortillas”)

Sellos ceremoniales are hand carved into intricate patterns, shapes, and figures, often representing important symbols from the region. To use, the wooden stamp is painted with natural dye, and applied when the tortilla is partially cooked. The tortilla is then finished on the comal to seal the dye and finish cooking. 

These limited-edition sellos ceremoniales were sourced in partnership with Doctora Rossana Quiroz Enniz from the Museo de Astronomía Prehispánica in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, and produced just for Masienda. These particular hand-carved stamps are a key part of tradition and biocultural history of the Otomí people of the Laja river basin around San Miguel de Allende. We feel fortunate to have connected with Dra. Rossana during the research phase of MASA, which led to the collaboration with local Otomí artisans to produce these limited-edition sellos.

The stamps are sold individually and are available with the following three designs: sun, rooster, and corn field. As each design is hand carved in a soft mesquite wood, please note that no two designs are exactly the same.

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