Milagros’ Shop can be found in Columbia Road’s flower Market. On a Sunday this famous Street in East London is transported from an oasis of calm and civility to a Garden of Eden with a hint of commerce. Everything is up for grabs and most for a fiver.
Milagros is in the middle of the Street after the glass mosaic on the wall of the local primary school. It is a cacophony of colour and not for the faint hearted. The Mexican shop is full of the strange hybrid aesthetic of Mexican Folk Art. Drawing on Aztecs myths and the Bibles stories the imagination of Mexican artist has flourished. Devils marry brides. Skeletons fall in love, Mermaids fish, maybe for young men, Saints of bad behavior are given small offerings of drink, Animals ride bicycles, parrots walk on stilts, cats play musical instruments, glamorous skeletons dress in 1800’s garb, Mexican wrestlers have nights out with saints. Meanwhile the Virgins of Guadalupe watch serenely over the chaos.
Milagros often has the work of the following Mexican Artists – Saulo Moreno, Tiburcio Soteno, Alvaro De La Cruz, The Vilchis Family, The Lorenzo Family, Maria Jimenez, Antonio De Cielito Lindo Studio.
Milagros of course has a more pragmatic element to it. Floor and wall tiles, glassware, baskets and papel picado can be bought. The common theme is everything is hand made in Mexico.
Milagros is open on Saturday from 12pm to 5pm and on Sunday from 9am to 5pm. We are often in the shop working during the week but we ask that you call first to avoid disappointment.