Visit the Sericulture Workshop in Jiquilpan

Jiquilpan , Michoacán

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LEARN ABOUT AN ANCESTRAL TRADITION IN JIQUILPAN


In the early 20th Century, Jiquilpan had a silk production boom marked by an old tradition of shawl making. Learn how this town became one of the largest silk producers in Mexico and throughout the world.


ASK ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE PRESIDENTIAL SASH


Learn how General Lazaro Cardenas del Rio managed to promote and develop  the silk farming, or sericulture. Pay attention to the stories that the locals tell. It is said that the presidential sash that Lazaro Cárdenas wore when he was President of Mexico was woven and embroidered with threads of gold.


VISIT THE CASA DE PIEDRA


Start your tour by visiting Casa de Piedra located in Cuauhtemoc Forest, which used to be Lazaro Cardenas’s country house. Pay a visit to the Sericulture Workshop. 
Be amazed by how silkworms are cultivated in this workshop. Witness the processes that will enable the artisans to use the silk threads in textiles and jewelry.


Learn about the production process and look at the silkworm breeding beds while admiring the infrastructure, equipment and the knowledge of this trade, all necessary for the breeding of such exemplars.


TAKE A SHAWL-WEAVING WORKSHOP 


Ask for the shawl-weaving workshops. You can choose a shawl made by one of two techniques: the pedal or the waist loom, which is the  ancestral technique. The latter is the one that the artisans in Jiquilpan have used for generations.

 

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