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Dressed Fleas!

Dressed Fleas or Pulgas Vestidas are a form of Mexican folk art that existed as far back as the turn of the 20th century, but now no longer practised. These tiny curiosities were made by hand by Mexican women and consist of tiny fleas dressed in costumes, often as married couples and sometimes with an elaborate background scene.

Some of Tim Cockerill's dressed fleas, in a matchbox
Early pulgas vestidas from Mexico
(Tim Cockerill collection)

Tim is currently collecting information about dressed fleas. If you have any more information, or if you own a pair of pulgas vestidas, please get in touch!

Some of Tim Cockerill's Mexican dressed fleas
Pulgas vestidas in various costumes, with a British two-pence coin.
(Tim Cockerill collection)

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