Full Blown Arts and Crafts Market

Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
Trip End May 10, 2011

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Sunday, October 31, 2010

The town of Patzcuaro is perched on a mountainside. With the Basilica on large plaza and near highest point of town. Looking east from here you see the Templo San Fransisco where two large tents housed the entrances for the craft competition. The results were decided on by 4 pm on the 31st when the items were offered for sale. Many dealers from the US were anxious to get their hands on some unique and beautiful works. We enjoyed just window shopping.......but have to admit that this was the first time on our trip that I was tempted to purchase a few things. It makes no sense at this time in our life but Michelle has a soft spot for beautifully handcrafted "stuff". The intricately designed "hilado" work where threads are pulled out of fabric and a pattern is embroidered into it. They also had some beautifully woven woolen blankets in earth tones that had Michelle dream. Next were the hundreds of ceramics using different techniques. Pots, plates,tureens, dishes and vases in all sizes and shapes. Then the figurines depicting scenes of daily life, from the revolution and dia de los Muertos celebration.

The market tents in Plaza Grande had many interesting works for sale. This was not part of the competition. The more appealing items carried a correspondingly high price while much of the rougher common items were low priced. At many of the stalls, the crafts people would make the handicrafts as they waited for customers. Unadvertised performing groups would pop up here and there. Dave liked the Michoacan dancers that had a live backup band instead of the recorded music that was often used. The classical chamber music quartet we listened to at one of the churches was talented, but the lullaby mood of the pieces were not our cup of tea. And we went to the 'ballet folklorico which had some interesting folk dance but most of it seemed hokey. A talented classical guitar duo played in the plaza. They were much more up our alley. All and all, roaming the triangle was a feast for the eyes and ears.

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