Traditionally , private altars called ‘ofrendas’ are built to honour the deceased and families visit the graves with gifts, aztec marigolds and the deceased’s favourite foods and drinks.

The Day of the Dead celebrations are thought to have been observed as long as 2,500-3,000 years ago and would typically last for an entire month. The festivities were dedicated to the goddess  “Lady of the Dead”. Nowadays, the festival is celebrated on the 2nd November.

José Guadalupe Posado was a Mexican political printmaker whose work influenced many Latin American artists. He used calaveras (skulls) and bones to make political and cultural critiques and is most famously known for creating  “La Calavera Catrina”

Families and friends visit the cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and the intent it to encourage visits by the souls so that they hear the prayers and comments from the living.

Plans for the day are made throughout the year, including gathering the goods to be offered to the dead. During the three-day period families usually clean and decorate graves with orange Mexican marigolds. These flowers are thought to attract souls of the dead to the offerings. It is also believed the bright petals with a strong scent can guide the souls from cemeteries to their family homes.

Inspired by Mexican culture, we created the 'Catrina' print.

Look closely and you will notice each skeleton in this print is engaged in playful movement, dancing or playing musical instruments, wearing sombreros and national dress; the iconic cactus plant makes an appearance, a native plant that magically springs forth and retains water in an otherwise arid, dry land, embodying the basin of Mexico’s natural world.

The Catrina One Piece

The Catrina One Piece

The Catrina one piece is in one of our bestselling swimsuit shapes. It has a soft cup, no padding, an elegant high cut leg line to elongate the legs and placement print on the body on the front and back.

The Kahlo Bikini

The Kahlo Bikini

The Kahlo bikini features removable straps, removable padding and a cross bar detail at the front. Pair it with the high-waisted Kahlo bikini bottom, which offers full coverage and has lace up detailing at the hips.

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