artesanos de michoacan

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From time immemorial, the artisans of the Lake Pátzcuaro region have made diverse objects from tule and chuspata, a variety of bulrush. At first, they only produced bedrolls, the use of which continues to this day among indigenous peoples. Today they also make baskets, floor coverings, and a variety of decorative figures, representing images of daily life in the surrounding area, revolutionary (armed) guards, religious figures, angels, virgens, musicians, fishes, planes, skeletons…etc.

Miguel Ramirez Perez, (Ichupio, Tzintzuntzan, Michoacan, MX)
You can find Miguel on the lake road between Tzintzuntzan and Ihuatzio, at Ichupio’s level… or on the Tzintzuntzan market, mainly on Saturdays and Sundays…

Photography © Florence Leyret 

«Para el habitante de Nueva York, París o Londres, la muerte es palabra que jamás se pronuncia porque quema los labios. El mexicano, en cambio, la frecuenta, la burla, la acaricia, duerme con ella, la festeja, es uno de sus juguetes favoritos y su amor más permanente. Cierto, en su actitud hay quizá tanto miedo como en la de los otros; más al menos no se esconde ni la esconde; la contempla cara a cara con paciencia, desdén o ironía».

“To the people of New York, Paris, or London, "death” is a word that is never pronounced because it burns the lips. The Mexican, however, frequents it, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it; it is one of his favorite toys and most steadfast love. Of course, in his attitude perhaps there is as much fear as there is in one of the others; at least he does not hide it; he confronts it face to face with patience, disdain, or irony.“(Octavio Paz).

Pictured here in Tzintzuntzan Juan-Miguel Morales, ceramist.

Photography© Florence Leyret