A simple garment with a complicated name

The name quechquemitl has various spelling variations and somewhat different pronuncations. The name originates from Nahuatl (meaning "neck garment") as its use was originally limted to Nahua communities. In the colonial erea, it was adopted by various indigenous groups such as the Otomis, Tepehuas, Totonacs, Mazahuas.   The garment looks simiilar to and is most … Continue reading A simple garment with a complicated name

Little birds that make cinnamon pottery

Unlike in many part of Mexico, the pottery of Jalisco has mostly shunned the use of glazing, opting instead for burnishing and firing once, very reminiscent of pre Hispanic pottery. There are a number of types, mostly named after decorative styles, including "canelo" which means cinnamon. The name comes from the variations of the color of … Continue reading Little birds that make cinnamon pottery

Tiny wires and patient hands

The city of Oaxaca offers the best handcrafts shopping experience, bar none, in Mexico. Not only is just about every handcraft of the state available there, the city itself... food, museums, buildings make for an experience that is hard to beat even without artesanía. Most handcrafts are made in the three valleys where Oaxaca City is … Continue reading Tiny wires and patient hands

From charms to artistic works: Trees of Life from Izucar de Matamoros

Getting to Izucar de Matamoros (sometimes simply called "Matamoros") from Mexico City is a long, circuitous trek basically because it requires getting to the other side of the massive Popocatepetl volcano. Swinging around the north though the city of Puebla is longer, but the shorter southern route through Cuautla mean poorer roads. It is a … Continue reading From charms to artistic works: Trees of Life from Izucar de Matamoros