Note: Corn husk
dolls are quite appealing in their natural hue; however they can be striking works of art when corn husks
are dyed in advance so that the clothing or bonnets possess a compatible earth-tone or subtle hue.
Their basket hats are beaded, however often this style of hat is made from a cord that is hand spun from different fibers including corn husk
and dyed in a variety of colors.
To assemble tamales, place a corn husk
in palm of left hand (pointed tip up, away from you) and using a wooden spoon or spatula, spread a thin layer of masa mixture (about 2 tablespoons) on corn husk
extending about 3/4 way up husk.
watch folks make baskets, grain shovels from a solid piece of poplar, spin yarn, weave shawls, make corn husk
dolls, hook rugs, make saddles and mountain dulcimers and other mountain crafts.
An alternative to porcupine quills would be to use dyed corn husk
strips to make the knee bands.
Most intriguing are the corn husk
bags - flat and purselike, woven from corn husks
, cloth and leather and featuring a different design on each side.
Flatten a corn husk
on your work surface and spread about a tablespoon of dough over half of the heavy end of the husk, shaping the dough into a rectangle.
The Aztec Tamale Bowl features a green chile cheese tamale, wrapped in a corn husk
and topped with red tomato salsa.
Place 1/4 cup of the tamale mix in a corn husk
and fold the sides over to cover and seal.
You will need 50 to 60 of these wide corn husk
Farmers Insurance can't disclose the surprise, but can tell you that the float is made of yellow strawberries, eggplant, green and red ti leaves, galaxy, mace, corn husk
, farina, spices, lima beans, sweet rice, lunaria, onion seed, beans, chrysanthemums, carnations, gerbera daisies and a variety of seeds.
Though labor intensive, from preparing the masa dough, the meat filling and steaming the combo in a corn husk
, Herrera and four family members can take over the kitchen and knock out 90 tamales in a couple of hours.