Hammered Copper

Hammered Copper

Honoring their land and their traditions, the Purépecha descendant artisans, inhabitants of the Magical Town of Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacán, work a millenary technique with which from the pre-Hispanic period they already elaborated various pieces of copper. Art forgers, heirs and hereditaries, transmit their perfected knowledge to the youngest to preserve in time the power to transform a metal into beautiful creations. The copper craftsmen, allies of the fire, the candongas, the anvils, the peaks, the pricker, the chisels, the sledgehammers and the hammers, forge red copper alive initiating the creation. Vases and pots finely decorated with frets, rhombuses,...

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Basketery

Basketery

Basket weaving is one of the oldest and most deeply-rooted artisan activities of humanity, weaving together hard or soft fibers of vegetable origin, to masterfully create various objects that require great skill and a deep knowledge of the materials used for their elaboration. The chuspata is a reed that grows on the shores of the Pátzcuaro lake of pleasant and fresh perfume. After harvesting it is put in the sun for drying and moistened when working to obtain its flexibility by weaving it and transforming it into various objects on which it changes its shade over time.Artisan: Rogelio RojasIhuazio, Michoacán,...

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Wood Carving

Wood Carving

Fine woods are carved with great delicacy to create furniture and utilitarian items such as grinders and spoon. The products are decorated with excellent mastery with the help of gouges generating soft textures and interesting reliefs that give life to elaborate designs inspired by the flora and fauna of the region.Artisan: Mario CasimiroCuanajo, Michoacán, México Text by: Laura Landeros Zuno.Translation from spanish: Alejandra Vázquez.Sources: Grandes Maestros del Arte Popular, Primera reimpresión, 2001, Fomento Cultural Banamex, México, D.F., http://artesdemexico.com, http://www.mexicodesconocido.com, https://sites.google.com/site/rechazadoyembutidodemetales/, http://www.buenastareas.com/ensayos/Rechazado-De-Metales/2701763.html, https://bifea.revues.org/4057?lang=en, http://www.piteadofino.com/piteado_fino_113.htm

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Pita Embroidery

Pita Embroidery

The piteado is an ancestral technique, it is an artisan fabric that is embroidered only in leather articles. Pita is a fiber of natural origin that comes from a variety of maguey belonging to the family of agaves grown in the tropical forests of Oaxaca, Veracruz, Tabasco, Guerrero and Chiapas. It has been used in pre-columbian times to make commonly used items, ropes, fishing articles, clothing, hammocks, shoes, even ceremonial objects. The original piteado embroideries guarantee in the passage of time the duration of the pearly and eye-catching luster that is observed from the beginning in the creations of the...

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Spinning Brass

Spinning Brass

The rejection technique is an ancient process involving the formation of asymmetric parts on a mandrel using different tools and spinning rollers while one or more wheels compress the metal in successive passes against the mandrel until obtaining the desired shape. A process similar to that of the potter around a lathe when forming clay. This process requires a lot of dexterity and makes it possible to produce geometric shapes such as cones, tubes or cylinders. At present the process can be done manually or with hydraulic mechanisms controlled by computer. Diversity of metals such as brass, copper and bronze...

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