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Amate Paper Workshops

Pahuatlán

Thanks to a population of nearly 400 master craftsmen, El Pueblo Mágico de Pahuatlán, Puebla, has the Denomination of Origin of amate paper, made from Mesoamerican cultures.

The community considered the cradle of this craft is located 20 minutes from the municipal capital of Pahuatlán. We refer to San Pablito, whose inhabitants are of the Hñahñu (Otomi) ethnic group.

Here, the workshops proudly open their doors to show the visitors the ancestral techniques for the elaboration of amate paper, the obtaining of the barks, the process to crush them, to cook them with lime to obtain as a result a fibrous vegetable sheet, the dyeing with colors that go from dark brown to yellow straw to the hand painting using natural inks.

The final result can be from a simple sheet to lamps, screens, or amate paper mats. Also, notebooks and paintings with representations of deities are made. In addition to these crafts, there is also the fine embroidery of the Nahua women, embodied in blouses, skirts, and shawls.

Thanks to a population of nearly 400 master craftsmen, El Pueblo Mágico de Pahuatlán, Puebla, has the Denomination of Origin of amate paper, made from Mesoamerican cultures.

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The community considered the cradle of this craft is located 20 minutes from the municipal capital of Pahuatlán. We refer to San Pablito, whose inhabitants are of the Hñahñu (Otomi) ethnic group.

Here, the workshops proudly open their doors to show the visitors the ancestral techniques for the elaboration of amate paper, the obtaining of the barks, the process to crush them, to cook them with lime to obtain as a result a fibrous vegetable sheet, the dyeing with colors that go from dark brown to yellow straw to the hand painting using natural inks.

The final result can be from a simple sheet to lamps, screens, or amate paper mats. Also, notebooks and paintings with representations of deities are made. In addition to these crafts, there is also the fine embroidery of the Nahua women, embodied in blouses, skirts, and shawls.

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