Where Would Frida Shop if She Visited San Francisco Again?
The San Francisco Latino Mission District
Calle 24 is in the center of San Francisco’s Historic Mission District. It runs along a tree-lined street known as “El Corazón de la Misión”, or “The Heart of the Mission.” The stretch of 24th Street running from Mission Street to Potrero Avenue boasts a vast number of colorful and unique specialty stores, restaurants, taquerias, Mexican bakeries, fresh produce grocers, butchers, cafes, and art galleries, as well as the greatest concentration of murals and Latino Businesses in the city
Frida Kahlo took great pleasure in her dress, and enjoyed the sensation that she caused when visiting San Francisco in 1930. In a letter to her mother, Frida notes: “The gringas really like me a lot and pay close attention to all the dresses and rebozos that I brought with me, their jaws drop at the sight of my jade necklaces.”
In San Francisco, Frida bought embroidery panels that were integrated in her wardrobe, alongside Guatemalan sashes and coats, frilled shirts, heavy necklaces of jade and coral, and pinned flowers . The beautiful headdresses and jewelry distracted you from her legs and her body, as we have now learned about Frida.
Ready to take this journey and shop at would have been Frida Kahlo’s favorite shops in San Francisco?
Meeting point is San Francisco Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission Street San Francisco CA 94110
July 13 12pm
Calle 24 is the heart of the Mission District and the hub of Latino cultural expression in San Francisco, as the district has served as the center of Latino activism, arts, commerce, and culture in San Francisco since the 1940s. It is representative of significant artistic and social movements that reflect the history of Latinos in San Francisco, the state of California, and the country as a whole. The Calle 24 Latino Cultural District will help to recognize the contributions that San Francisco’s Latino community has made to the arts field, social justice organizing, and community-building.
Join this tour, that includes tour guide, and specific itinerary that will feel like you are shopping in Frida’s closet.
Transportation and meals are not included.
Frida’s Closet is a collection of clothing inspired by Hispanic roots and the hispanic heritage of our ancestors who for generations have shaped the rich traditions in textiles.
A Mexican Folk Art store, that represents local artist and fine folk art, jewelry an clothing.
MIXCOATL TIENDITA (shop), reflects the Arts and Crafts of the Huichol people, descendents of the Aztecs, and the Americas. Mixcoatl Tiendita carries Fine Silver Jewelry from the Americas., Chaquira, beaded art, Nearika, yarn paintings, embroidery
Traditional Pan Dulce!
The center offers weekend tours of dozens of colorful murals in the neighborhood, explaining the political and social messages behind some of the artwork. Everyone’s favorite place to view murals is Balmy Alley, which features more than 30 of them and feels like another country, with its profusion of bougainvillea spilling over garden fences. Balmy runs from 24th Street to 25th Street, between Treat and Harrison streets. Aspiring muralists can purchase art supplies from the Visitors Center or find out how to participate in mural-painting projects.
Time to enjoy the local cuisine. Each guest will have the “option” choose where they would like to dine. Our favorites include “El Tomate” or “La Gordita”
Mexican Folk Art and Clothing that offers a great collection of Sacred Hearts, paper picado, jewelry.