Handicrafts of Baja California

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Baja California Norte is an irresistible destination for tourists, especially from the United States, due to its proximity and ease of access. And if there is something that they love, it is going again and again to the stores to acquire the handmade pieces; a delight for them, and for all those who take time to see and appreciate it.

For this reason, it is not strange that cities like Tijuana and Ensenada, in addition to the countless restaurants, bars, places of rest and fun, have hundreds of craft shops.

In Baja California there are several ethnic communities away from the cities, which bring the art that comes from their hands to be marketed in them.

The reed weaving and the willow branch are raw materials for vessels, diverse basketry, hair ornaments and decorative figures of spectacular colors by the tincture of oak bark or reed root, which the Kumiai use in their elaboration.

Necklaces, bracelets, key rings and ornaments are made by the Cochimí, using cowhide, rattlesnake vertebrae, seeds, feathers and colored beads. They also work with limestone to sculpt figures of different shapes.

In the same way, the Pa ipai people reflect the inheritance of their ancestors in each of the pieces they make: ceramic vessels, the carving of objects made of oak wood, mesquite, poplar, manzanita root; items with goat and goat skins such as saddlebags, belts, accessories, beautiful multi-colored patchwork quilts and cotton fabric dolls.

His designs incorporate the use of agave fiber and pumpkins, turning everyday elements into true pieces of high decoration, so it is not strange that they have sneaked into the taste of international collectors.

The abalone shell is transformed into pieces of personal adornment that with its gray color and wonderful veins sell the locals of Ensenada, reflecting the fineness of an original and creative work.

Baja California is more, much more than hats that say "Viva Mexico" and glass horses for tequila. The crafts you find speak of a heritage that its inhabitants maintain and transmit in the privilege of each piece that their hands make.

¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • Baja California Norte doesn’t exist. The correct name of this entity is only Baja California.
  • Until 1952, its official name was Northern Territory of Baja California. The first European to explore the coasts of the Gulf of California was Francisco Ulloa in 1539.
  • The peninsula is called California in reference to the name of a fictitious and paradisiacal country inhabited by Amazons that appeared in the then popular novel about chivalry called Las Sergas de Esplandián.
  • It’s said that, with a certain mocking tone, the area was named as such in reference to the frequent and laborious excursions made by Hernán Cortés. He was influenced by rumors and tales and was determined to find an island of incalculable and extraordinary riches.
  • The first inhabitants of Baja California arrived 14,000 years ago. In those times man wandered all over the earth. The first civilizations in America, the Olmecs in Mexico and the Chavinda in Peru date back only 4,000 years.
  • Because of its inhospitable desert geography, Baja California was one of the territories in the country that was most difficult to settle.
  • The Cochimíes are the native people who presently inhabit Baja California.
Artesanías de Baja California

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Artesanías de Baja California

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