lunes, 8 de septiembre de 2014

Artisan Toys in Patzcuaro and the Lacustrine Region

Artisan toys are an important part of our folk art. Our guests at Hotel Mansion Iturbe are constantly asking us where we can find these things in our area.

Artisan Toys in Patzcuaro
Artisan Toys in Patzcuaro
Various toys of different materials were already being made in pre-Hispanic times, but interestingly the craft really blossomed in the Colonial Era when the toys became tools of the evangelists for their work. We can still see this association during important religious celebrations, such as Day of the Dead, and the Christmas tradition of Joseph and Mary going from door to door with their newborn Jesus looking for a place to spend the night.

Traditional Mexican Toys in Patzcuaro
Traditional Mexican Toys in Patzcuaro
You will find a wide variety of traditional Mexican toys almost wherever you go in Pátzcuaro and the Lacustrine Region. Spinning tops, cup-and-ball, rattles, puppets, yoyos, wooden boxers, stick horses, model cars and trains and airplanes and boats that you can paint and introduce them into your miniature gardens.

Traditional Mexican handcrafted toys in Pátzcuaro Lake Region
Traditional Mexican handcrafted toys in Pátzcuaro Lake Region
You can find a large selection of artisan toys in Patzcuaro at Casa de los Once Patios, and Palacio de Huitzimengari, just down the Street from Mansion Iturbe.

Artisan Toys in Patzcuaro
Artisan Toys in Patzcuaro
And of course there are always the yearly Artisan Fairs of Night of the Dead or Holy Week, when artisans from all over Michoacan congregate to Patzcuaro with a huge menagerie of artisan ware, including these toys.

Artisan Toys from all over Michoacan in Pátzcuaro for the Artisan Fair of Day of the Dead
Artisan Toys from all over Michoacan in Pátzcuaro for the Artisan Fair of Day of the Dead
There are other towns and villages near Patzcuaro that offer such things year ‘round. Tzintzuntzan is good place to find toys and Christmas ornaments of straw, corn husk, etc.). Quiroga has many stores with wooden figures and toys. The island of Janitzio, not surprisingly, produces models of their famous fishing boats. Santa Fe de la Laguna is known for, among other things, their miniature cooking utensils.

Traditional Mexican handcrafted toys in Pátzcuaro Lake Region
Traditional Mexican handcrafted toys in Pátzcuaro Lake Region
Paracho, famous primarily for its exquisite guitars, is also a destination for traditional Mexican toys. Although not in the Lacustrine Region, it is worth the trip.

Traditional Mexican Toys in Patzcuaro
Traditional Mexican Toys in Patzcuaro
Help preserve Mexican folk culture by supporting these artisans, and keep alive this fascinating art, which is part of our identity.

Artisan Toys in Patzcuaro
Artisan Toys in Patzcuaro
Patzcuaro and the Lacustrine Region is a shopper’s Paradise, and one that even the children will absolutely love! Enjoy your next trip to Pátzcuaro!

Traditional Mexican Toys at Lake Pátzcuaro Region
Traditional Mexican Toys at Lake Pátzcuaro Region

*Text and pictures property of Hotel Mansión Iturbe.

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