Know the hidden treasures of Taxhimay Dam
Villa del Carbón, State of México
Tlalpujahua is rich in handcrafts. It has beautiful works of stone, medium- and high-temperature ceramics, artistic blacksmith, textiles, feather art, rustic and colonial furniture, straw art and blown glass spheres.
STAY IN A PLACE WHERE EVERYDAY IS CHRISTMAS
Walk towards Allende street, just a block away from the sanctuary’s atrium, located at the House of Santa Claus. Be amazed by the variety of products you can buy: lights sets, crowns, decorative objects and blown glass ornaments of different models. There are many workshops in the town without a sign to identify them, so ask the locals to tell you which are the workshops you can visit while walking the streets; find one where you can observe how they make the ornaments and ask to decorate your own ornament.
ADMIRE THE WONDERFUL FEATHER AND POPOTILLO ART
Move on to the Olivos street. Ask the neighbors for the Master Gabriel Olay's workshop. Admire his work, with pre-Hispanic roots and be astonished when discovering the artisanal works of the artisan are world-famous. You can also visit Luis Guillermo Olay’s workshop where plant fibers are used to make beautiful mosaics of popotillo (straw art). Purchase one of these beautiful works of accomplished mastery and artistic sensibility.
ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL CERAMIC WORK
Visit the ceramics workshops in the village. The Estanzuela store and workshop is located at the corner of 5 de Mayo and Melchor Ocampo streets. Admire the beautiful works of high-temperature handmade ceramics sold in national and international markets.
Near the road leading to El Oro, visit the workshop of renowned craftsman Gustavo Bernal. Ask him to explain you his process, which combines earth, air, water and fire, using the rust slipware technique. At the end, take a piece of his work with the certainty that it is one of a kind.
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