domingo, 20 de septiembre de 2015

Folk Art and Its Economic Importance to the Communities around Lake Patzcuaro


Folk art is one of the most representative expressions of Michoacán. It is a tradition that has been preserved for generations. These trades have been a pillar of the economy of many homes.  Artisanware is an important economic engine of indigenous communities.

Mexican Folk Art in Tzintzuntzan at Pátzcuaro Lake Region
Mexican Folk Art in Tzintzuntzan at Pátzcuaro Lake Region

This artisanship also plays an important part in local communities. Even today we can witness the ancient concept of barter.  In what is known as “market days” in places such as Santa Fe de la Laguna or even Pátzcuaro, we can see how this “exchange” takes place.  People of different communities engage in fishing, agriculture, and of course the crafts, exchanging their wares, with little or no money changing hands.

Mexican Pottery from Pátzcuaro Lake Region
Mexican Pottery from Pátzcuaro Lake Region
 
The Purépecha craftsmen are proud:  Folk art for them is not only a way to generate income, but is also a way of life, a legacy that want to leave their children.  There is a deep intimacy of the legacy that they inherited from their ancestors.  

Folk Art from Santa Fe de la Laguna at Lake Pátzcuaro
Folk Art from Santa Fe de la Laguna at Lake Pátzcuaro

Touring the region of Lake Pátzcuaro, you can see how the artisanal trade is part of the families, using ancestral techniques.  In so doing, they create works of great artistic value.
Live the experience of dialogue with the craftsmen of different communities.  Purchase handicrafts to generate sustainable income, and appreciate their craft from centuries of tradition.

Mexican embroidery from Santa Cruz at Lake Pátzcuaro
Mexican embroidery from Santa Cruz at Lake Pátzcuaro

Today's artisans – with their art – demonstrate their work as the important part of the history of Michoacán that it is, and always with craftsmanship paramount in mind.

Before the arrival of Don Vasco de Quiroga in the 16th century, there was already an important artisan development in the area.  But it was Don Vasco who organized the rather chaotic system into one where certain villages would concentrate their efforts on just one or two areas of artisanship.  This eliminated a lot of duplication of effort, and allowed each village to hone their skills in one or two areas, instead of a dozen.  With the improving economies of the communities, Don Vasco was able to more easily introduce and develop the education and evangelization of the indigenous.

Mexican Folk Art from Quiroga at Lake Pátzcuaro Area
Mexican Folk Art from Quiroga at Lake Pátzcuaro Area

Many of our guests at Hotel Mansión Iturbe seek an enriching experience, which can also contribute to economic and social development of the Region. And purchasing Michoacán folk art and local product is a good way of supporting the economy of Pátzcuaro and the Lake Region.

Mexican Folk Art from Lake Patzcuaro Area


*Text and pictures property of Hotel Mansión Iturbe. 

We invite you to check more articles in our blog, here you will find information that will be helpful for your next trip to Pátzcuaro.


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