Arts and Crafts
Mexico is so stuffed with lovely, reasonably priced handicrafts or artesanías (ar-tay-sah-NEE-ahs) that many crafts devotees, if given the option, might choose Mexico over Heaven. A sizable fraction of Mexican families still depend upon the sale of homespun items—clothing, utensils, furniture, forest herbs, religious offerings, adornments, toys, musical instruments—which either they or their neighbors make at home. Many craft traditions reach back thousands of years, to the beginnings of Mexican civilization. The work of generations of artisans has, in many instances, resulted in finery so prized that whole villages devote themselves to the manufacture of a single class of goods.
Although few handicrafts are actually manufactured in Puerto Vallarta, fine examples of virtually all of the following are available in Puerto Vallarta’s many well-stocked handicrafts shops and galleries.
© Bruce Whipperman from Moon Puerto Vallarta, 7th edition