Blooming Art at Baazar Del Mundo
Art is in bloom at Bazaar Del Mundo as the talented Teresita Garrido brings joy to customers with her beautiful paper flowers. This intricate craft has been passed down many generations as Teresita learned it from her mother as a young girl. Today, Teresita has not only continued her mother’s legacy at Baazar Del Mundo – she’s shared this art with her children and grandchildren as well!
Teresita was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. In 1984, she and her mother ventured away from Tijuana and eventually found a home at Bazaar Del Mundo where Teresita made flour tortillas at Casa de Pico while her mother created stunning paper flowers that she sold to passersby. After her mother passed away, Diane Powers – owner and operator of Bazaar Del Mundo – asked Teresita to continue the beautiful tradition of making paper flowers and help her mother’s legacy live on!
As Teresita’s paper flower business became a fan favorite, she knew she had to use high-quality materials to make the most vibrant and detailed flowers possible.
“My favorite paints to create the pollen are from Guadalajara. It’s these extra touches that give my flowers the lifelike quality people love so much,” Garrido said. After making countless flowers, Teresita found the strongest wire was from Tijuana and the most flexible the paper was from Australia.
“I am so grateful and blessed to have been able to raise five children and seven grandchildren with this amazing family tradition,” Garrido said. Her children – and now grandchildren – enjoy the art of paper flower making and the craft of making piñatas!
Just as nature changes with the seasons, Teresita creates the perfect flowers for every occasion. In December, you can find Teresita making bright red poinsettias. For Dia de los Muertos, Teresita has marigolds ready for order. You can also find Teresita’s flowers in the beautiful courtyard at the Bazaar Del Mundo Shops every Thursday through Sunday, as well as on display at each of our Bazaar Del Mundo restaurants including Casa de Bandini, Casa de Pico, Casa Guadalajara and Casa Sol y Mar.