martes, 1 de abril de 2014

Those Crazy Masks of Tocuaro

Tocuaro is one of the villages on the banks of Patzcuaro Lake that our guests at  Hotel Mansion Iturbe – and they invariably love Mexican folk art – always want to get to know better.  Tocuaro is well known for its masks, but the visitor will also be astonished by the embroidery of the local women artisans, and the wooden furniture, as well.
 
Tocuaro Masks
Tocuaro Masks
Tocuaro Michoacan Mexico
Tocuaro Michoacan Mexico
Indigenous artisan textiles in Tocuaro: Carmen Anciola
Indigenous artisan textiles in Tocuaro: Carmen Anciola

Tocuaro is a small indigenous community on the Lake.  It’s part of the municipality of Erongaricuaro, about 20 minutes away from Patzcuaro on Federal Route 14.

A village in mexico Tocuaro at Lake Patzcuaro Region
A village in mexico Tocuaro at Lake Patzcuaro Region
All year long, you can enjoy the handiwork of the local artisans busy making their famous masks out of a single piece of wood – works of art that gradually evolve into fantastic figures that go quite beyond our imagination.


Artisans Textiles in Mexico can be found in Tocuaro
Artisans Textiles in Mexico can be found in Tocuaro
Tocuaro Horta Family: Modesto Horta
 Tocuaro Horta Family: Modesto Horta

But the time to visit this enchanting village is around February 2, the celebration of Los Negritos, or the Little Dark Ones.  It lasts several days, during the course of which is held an indigenous competition of folk art.

tocuaro devil mask
Tocuaro devil mask


Tocuaro wooden masks
Tocuaro wooden masks


Tocuaro Mexico masks
Tocuaro Mexico masks

Visiting Tocuaro is an experience where you will get to know the friendly locals and where they work.  You will also appreciate their traditional cuisine and love for plants that adorn their houses.

Tocuaro crafts
Tocuaro crafts

Tocuaro crafts
Tocuaro crafts

 The Horta family has reached international fame for their creations, following the legend of Don Juan Horta Castillo.  There are several family shops in the area that you should check out. 

Tocuaro mexico horta family Workshop
Tocuaro mexico horta family Workshop
Tocuaro is another must-see for collectors of Mexican folk art; and you can’t miss the unique Community Church.


Tocuaro Church in Mexico
Tocuaro Church in Mexico
Tocuaro village church
Tocuaro village church


Tocuaro Michoacan Mexico: The church
Tocuaro Michoacan Mexico: The church


Saint Andrew in Tocuaro Michoacan
Saint Andrew in Tocuaro Michoacan


Lord of the Artisans in Tocuaro Mexico
Lord of the Artisans in Tocuaro Mexico


*Text and pictures property of Hotel Mansión Iturbe.

We also invite you to check more post in our blog, you will find useful information about Pátzcuaro and the surrounding area. Here are some post that can be useful for you:

Capula, Home of the Catrinas

Artisan Textiles of Patzcuaro

Ocumicho’s Mischievous Little Demons


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