viernes, 3 de marzo de 2017

Plant-Fiber Crafts around Lake of Pátzcuaro

Handicrafts made with plant fibers in Michoacán are part of Mexican Folk Art. The communities surrounding Lake Pátzcuaro are remarkable with their widely diverse craftsmen of handicrafts made from these natural elements, such as reed and straw.

Plant-Fiber Crafts around Lake Patzcuaro
Plant-Fiber Crafts around Lake Patzcuaro
Ancient techniques have been perfected since the times of Don Vasco de Quiroga.  They have become part of the communities’ cultural identity and expression of creativity.  And these talents and skills will be invaluable for future generations.

Mexican Handicrafts from Tzintzuntzan
Mexican Handicrafts from Tzintzuntzan

Crafts representative of Mexico range from straw rugs, baskets, and animal figures, to innovative furniture with striking designs, lamps and chests and many more objects, which you'll find on the banks of Lake Pátzcuaro.

Plant-Fiber Crafts around Lake of Patzcuaro
Plant-Fiber Crafts around Lake of Patzcuaro

Ihuatzio is the place to go for chuspata – or tule – figures and furniture.  This process involves creating a framework of thick iron wire/rebar and wrapping reeds around the frame to create a sturdy but graceful animal figure, furniture, or lamp.

Furniture from Ihuatzio at Lake Patzcuaro Region
Furniture from Ihuatzio at Lake Patzcuaro Region

Looking for just the right hat?  Visit Jarácuaro to find an endless variety.  "If you can't find it in Jarácuaro, it doesn't exist!" 

Plant-Fiber hats from Jaracuaro at Lake Patzcuaro Region
Plant-Fiber hats from Jaracuaro at Lake Patzcuaro Region

So, if your quest is to find the best plant-fiber folk art objects in our area, the five top-of-the-list communities would be:

  • Ihuatzio
  • Tzintzuntzan
  • San Jerónimo Purenchechuaro
  • Puácuaro
  • Jarácuaro

If you don’t have the time to tour the entire Lake Pátzcuaro perimeter, not to worry!  The artisans also come to Pátzcuaro with their wares!  Check out La Casa de los Once Patios, a couple blocks south of Hotel Mansión Iturbe, the open-air market off the Plaza Chica, and the Palacio de Huitzimengari, just down the street from our hotel.

Plant-Fiber Crafts from Tzintzuntzan
Plant-Fiber Crafts from Tzintzuntzan

And if you happen to be in on Friday, you gotta go to the Pottery Fair in the Plaza San Francisco.

You almost can’t leave Pátzcuaro empty-handed!  Remember that buying Mexican Folk Art contributes hugely to the local economies, and supports the hard-working local artisans.

Handicrafts from Lake Patzcuaro Region in Tzintzuntzan
Handicrafts from Lake Patzcuaro Region in Tzintzuntzan

*Text and pictures property of Hotel Mansión Iturbe.

We invite you to check more post in our blog, you will find information about Pátzcuaro and its sourrounding that we hope will be helpful for your next trip to our colonial town in Mexico.

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México

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