Mexican Arts and Crafts. The Mexican revolution brought an authentic Mexican identity; in part this is where arts and crafts sprouted from in Mexico.
People from all over the world visit Mexico, mainly because it is a culturally and geographically rich country that has so much to offer. From weddings on the beach, to hiking through jungles, or observing the fascinating architecture, there is so much to do. Arts and crafts in Mexico however are particularly evident and in this article I am going to have a look at where the best places are to fully take in the incredible craftsmanship.
There have always been a lot of talented artists in Mexico’s art scene. The Mexican revolution brought a need for an authentic Mexican identity; in part this is where arts and crafts sprouted from in Mexico. It brought incredible pieces of work From Jose Orozco, Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siquieros, to the world of music and Pablo Moncayo and Jose Rolon. In terms of pottery, crafts and hand work though nothing can compare to the Aztecs, with skilled Mexicans still trying to keep these traditions alive to this day. In this way it is possible to journey across Mexico and witness its incredible history through the hands of the locals. Below is a list of the best places to go in Mexico to look at the different facets of arts and crafts in this fascinating country and pick up some authentic Mexican gifts to bring back home.
Gifts from Mexico
Below is a list of the best places to go in Mexico to look at the different facets of arts and crafts in this fascinating country and pick up some authentic Mexican gifts to bring back home.
San Jose Del Cabo is a great place to have a look at some fine art until late at night. From November until June every Thursday they organize an Art Walk, where prospective buyers are lured into some of the finest galleries in the area. It has a very sophisticated and upper class art, wine and dining reputation and is a great holiday destination. The streets are filled with tourists as well as locals, with music playing in the nearby plaza and in the street. From painting, crafts, sculptures, and head works, this is not a place to miss out on.
Possibly the most colorful location to find some of the most amazing handcrafts in Mexico. Figures are construed to represent the Gods, the sun, the rain and all elements. With so many ethnic groups occupying the area, there isn’t a better place to take in some of the finest craftsmanship in Mexico. From the Coras to the Mexicaneros, to the Sierra Mountains and the local villages, art in this region is so diverse.
A great place to witness some fine ornamental items and pick up some gifts. Here you can observe unique pieces of jewelry, pre Hispanic art made from glass or a mixture of clay and quartz, or even sculpted figures made to represent strange creatures like the plumed serpent. There are also crafts made from mineral rich deposits, Mexican workshops, and colorful toys. There is a multitude of shopping in Teotihuacan and this is a great place to pick up a good souvenir.
Definitely more of a shopping location due to its rich mineral abundance. This is an area famous for mining, thus its silver craftsmanship is not to be missed. From jewelry to simple models, this area is a great place to pick up some souvenirs and admire some great work. It is also not a bad place to pick up some home made wooden furniture which again is of the utmost quality with prices usually quite cheap due to the competition and location.