Handicrafts of Tlaxcala

Tradition that Lasts

In Tlaxcala, there is a long tradition of craftsmanship; Its history is rich in inheritances of popular art. All the regions of the state possess the knowledge for the creation of handicrafts, and much is due to the fact that they continue working in a community way and all the knowledge is inherited from parents to children, but this does not only happen between members of a family, also among neighbors of the communities, where Nahuatl is still spoken frequently.

Mud is one of the most used materials for the creation of handcrafted pieces, and the ways of working it in Tlaxcala are numerous. For example, in San Damián Texoloc small figurines are made like those that were made before the arrival of the Spaniards. In San Sebastián Atlahapa, the so-called burnished clay is worked. With it, pots, vases and plates are made. In those same communities are also made vessels and small figures, jewelry and other pieces with oxidized mud and glaze.

As in many other states of the country, textile products are also worked here. Sweaters, capes, hats, gloves, sarapes and some other garments are part of the repertoire offered by some communities such as Santa Ana and San Bernardino Contla. The families of these places work between handicraft and modern looms, offering walkers all the textile color and tradition.

The basketry is worked in the community of Tzompantepec, where parts based on plant tissues, such as baskets, mats, blowers and other products are made. Onyx is another material in which artisans develop their craft, so you can find many ornamental objects.

In the community of Jesus Tlatempan masks are made. The artisans there make them because they are used for dances performed during carnival parties. In Tlaxco, pieces of fine silver jewelry are made, and in San Esteban Tizatlán and Apizaco traditional wooden carved canes are made.

The state of Tlaxcala is the smallest in our country, but it has a long past, which is why there is so much variety in handicrafts. Take popular art is to take part of the place, is to move in the imagination to relive the journey and the history of a whole territory.

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