Mexican handicrafts glossary

Mexican handicrafts

Mexican handicrafts are wonderful art crafts known worldwide. They are samples of color and folklore of Mexico. They are magical simple things made up with the loving and skillful hands of every Mexican worker.

Historically, craftsmen covered the demand of the various stratus of Mexican society, including the province and the metropolis. Nonetheless, during the colonial era, Spanish increased the production of Mexican figures, mixing traditional and European influences worldwide.

Today, crafts are sold in markets, distributors and family workshops. Tourists and visitors from the different Cancun mayan tours, are amazed by the variety of uses as ornamental, ceremonial and festive style that distinguishes them along the Mexican territory.

Here are some of the most common mexican handicrafts:

 

  1. Alebrijes

Mexican alebrijes

Contemporary Mexican handicrafts invented by Pedro Linares in 1936. Alebrijes are considered a variation of the card box. They are very colorful and bright figures. The technique used to produce alebrijes is modeled with paper and cardboard.  Most of the figures represent imaginary and fantastic animals. ¡They are built for parades and festive dates!

2.   Black Mud

Black Mud

Typical of Oaxaca, this popular art exalts the spirit and greatness of its people. Black mud can be seen in museums in Mexico and dates back to the time of the Conquest. It is said that Santa Maria Coyotepec is the inheritor of the tradition and San Bartolo Coyotepecis owns this tradition. This providence is famous for the production of clay that runs manually and is baked under oven.

3. Ceramics

Ceramics

Ceramics is one of the oldest popular arts in Mexico’s traditions. Entire populations are engaged in the manufacture of human figures and decorative artifacts. Today, the pottery is used in different forms and styles, usually earthenware, a type of clay fired at low temperature. ¡Don’t forget to buy ceramic when you come to visit us! Ceramics can also be found in Cancun mayan tours and shopping stores in Xcaret (Riviera Maya Theme Park). Your house will be lovely decorated!

4. Huaraches

Huaraches

A type of sandal in Mexico comes from the word Purépecha “kwarachi.” The origin of “huaraches” dates back to a religious order called the Franciscans. Most of the huaraches designs were made in Guadalajara, Guanajuato and Yucatan.  Formerly made with a special belt and rope soles, huaraches are being replaced with rubber to suit modern needs. ¡Watch your step!


5. Hierro Forjado (Wrought Iron)

Wrought Iron

The production of iron at high temperatures dates back to the nineteenth century, when Mexico began the use of metal within the industrialization process. The Durango Market Hill is considered one of the precursors. However, thewrought iron is used in furniture and decorative are made by molding the material from hammering.

6. Huipiles

Huipiles

Huipiles are considered the most traditional female garment in Mesoamerica. Huipiles consist of a garment composed by several canvas joined together with rivets.  Huipiles predominates in Mexican textile regions like Yucatan and Quintana Roo. In some other states like Chiapas, embroidery includes legendary beings, with a special design that recognizes the name of the weaver. Isn’t it beautiful?

7. Jewelry

Mexican Jewerly

Since pre-Columbian times, jewelry for the Mayan and the Aztecs symbolized a reverence for the human body and for the gods. During the imperialism era, the silver mines in Mexico accounted for the highest income in Mexico. Even today, the office of the famous silver Mexican jewelry is found in Taxco, Guadalajara or Zacatecas. Mexican jewerly is highly appreciated by worldwide tourism. When you buy silver, don’t forget to proof the authenticity!

8. Mexican Toys

Mexican toys

Bearings, whistles, lottery, puppets, Petriolo, snakes (viboritas), yo-yos:  all of them are considered traditional Mexican toys due to their colors and varieties. Traditional Mexican toys remind us the joy and happiness of Mexican communities. The most popular toys are are made with cardboard, woven reeds, woven palm, wood and tinand. All of them can be found in every single corner of Mexico. In the Yucatan Peninsula and more often in the Cancun mayan tours, you will find local communities selling you these products ¡Try them! You will love to have a souvenir for your family.

 

Any Comments on this article?

  • What other Mexican handicrafts are considered representative of our country?
  • What art crafts do you think are tourists’ favorite from Cancun and Playa del Carmen?