San Luis Potosi has its own multicolor catalog of craftsmanship. From morrales (a kind of purse) and boots made of maqueta, baskets of giant reed and furniture of huacalillo with palm coming from Rioverde, up to leather articles, Huasteca dolls, wooden objects, mahogany Christs, wool blankets, very useful for the cool weather which reigns at sunset in San Luis Potosi. But the most representative craftsmanship of the state is the rebozo, an elegant garment which forms part of many typical costumes of Mexico.
Santa Maria del Rio is a town where this delicate piece is manufactured, which history in Mexico dates since the Seventeenth Century, when the galleon of Acapulco brought silk from China. Otomi people started to produce quexquemitls (a kind of coat) and rebozos they traded in different places, among them, San Luis Potosi, where it rooted out. When wooden-based synthetic wool was invented in the Nineteenth Century, called Rayon, the cost of the garment went down, making it more accessible for everybody, however, traditional rebozos continued being mande on request. Rebozos of Santa Maria del Rio are made in family workshops, with the ancient procedure. Variety and richness of their designs give origin to unique pieces, very appreciated as a distinctive of the garments of Mexican women. A secret to discover whether the rebozo is made of natural silk and not synthetic fiber is passing the rebozo through a ring. Only the ones made of natural silk will pass the test. A silk rebozo will not have a better complement than a beautiful inlaid wooden box as its case. These lovely small boxes are also manufactured in Santa Maria del Rio, which has gained a renowned place among the craftsman towns of Mexico with these two craftsmanships.