jueves, 17 de agosto de 2017

Cuanajo: Furniture, Artisanware, and Tradition

A key destination for buying wooden furniture in Michoacan is Cuanajo, located a short distance from Pátzcuaro. Our guests at Hotel Mansión Iturbe always ask us about different places to visit close to Pátzcuaro. Among other places, we recommend the Temple of Santiago Apostle in Tupátaro, which is a veritable treasure trove of Colonial art, especially its fabulous ceiling.  If you work up an appetite, you must try Tupátaro’s outstanding mole.

Cuanajo, Michoacán
Cuanajo, Michoacán

If you’re driving to Cuanajo from Pátzcuaro: take Road No. 14 heading to Morelia.  Follow the signs and take the exit to Tupátaro and Cuanajo. The total distance for this route is approximately 25 kilometers (12 miles).

In Cuanajo, you will find dozens of workshops, many of them at the front of the craftsmen’s homes. Both painted and natural wood abound. From very simple furniture such as chairs, wardrobes and tables, to rustic furniture, like dining rooms and bedrooms painted festively. You’ll even find minimalist designs made with fine woods of Michoacán.

Wooden Furniture from Cuajanjo, Michoacán
Wooden Furniture from Cuajanjo, Michoacán

If you are looking for textile crafts of Michoacán, Cuanajo is also an excellent choice with its Patakua textiles and its embroidery. You'll find textile crafts made such as wool shawls, sashes, and embroidery (you’ll love their traditional aprons).

If you visit Cuanajo (which in Purépecha means “place of frogs”), give yourself time to learn a little more about this community rich in traditions.  During your visit to the various workshops, visit the Church of our Lady of the Nativity. You will appreciate its beautiful atrium – typically full of flowers – and a striking atrial cross. Thanks to the spacious atrium you can admire the temple which is very well preserved and dates back further from the 16th century.

Church of Our Lady of Nativity in Cuanajo, Michoacán
Church of Our Lady of Nativity in Cuanajo, Michoacán
Church of Our Lady of Nativity in Cuanajo, Michoacán
Church of Our Lady of Nativity in Cuanajo, Michoacán
Atrial Cross from the Church of Our Lady of Nativity in Cuanajo, Michoacán
Atrial Cross from the Church of Our Lady of Nativity in Cuanajo, Michoacán

An important date for Cuanajo is September 8, day of the Patron Saint that celebrates our Lady of the Nativity.

Cuanajo also celebrates the traditional Night of the Dead with a special twist:  little wooden horses decorated with flowers and fruit are part of the offering.  These horses help the deceased to load their offerings for the “return trip.”

Church of Our Lady of Nativity in Cuanajo, Michoacán
Church of Our Lady of Nativity in Cuanajo, Michoacán
Garden at the Atrium of the Church of Our Lady of Nativity in Cuanajo, Michoacán
Garden at the Atrium of the Church of Our Lady of Nativity in Cuanajo, Michoacán
Main Square in Cuanajo Michoacán
Main Square in Cuanajo Michoacán

Returning to Pátzcuaro, if you want a different itinerary, you can return by the new Road 120, which is about half the distance of the above-mentioned Road 14.

On your next visit to our magical village, give yourself time to visit different typical villages located close to Pátzcuaro, full of traditions, beautiful handicrafts, and rich gastronomy.


*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 surroundings that we hope will be useful for your next trip to our colonial town in Mexico.

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Santa Fe de la Laguna – An Example of Community Development by Way of Tourism 

Those Crazy Masks of Tocuaro

Jaracuaro – Birthplace of the Dance of the Little Old Men


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