Feb 15, 2005, 7:15 PM
Post #7 of 12
Martin, you sure jumped a long way from looking for utilitarian baskets to believing that no well-crafted baskets are made in Mexico.
I'd say look first in the state of Chihuahua. The Tarahumara make absolutely lovely pine needle baskets that will last for centuries, retaining their marvelous fragrance the entire time. I regret that I sold three finely woven miniature baskets from the 19th Century that were still redolent of the pine forest the day they left my hands.
Then you might want to travel over to the state of Sonora and visit the Seri, who make glorious baskets called Coritas.
Let's see...after that, you could run over to Michoacán to visit some of the artisans in Ihuatzio, most notably Mario López, to see the kinds of wonderful creations there. While you're right there in the neighborhood, go to Tzintzuntzan to see what's being made there, and plan your trip so that you're in Pátzcuaro, Uruapan, or some of the indigenous villages around Palm Sunday. You'll be amazed by what's being produced there--the most elaborately beautiful creations.
Then you could whiz over to Veracruz to have a look at woven palm baskets and other goods. After that, you're off to Puebla to see the finely woven petates, then to Oaxaca and the Yucatan for more baskets and other containers, then...
Well, you get my point. What you see in your markets may not be representative of what's available in the regions where the goods are created. And you may not have been looking closely till now--go back and look again at what's around you.
(This post was edited by esperanza on Feb 15, 2005, 8:01 PM)