Cuanajo: Furniture Making

East of Patzcuaro we found Cuanajo, a furniture-making town that sprouted from the days of Quiroga when he encouraged the villages to develop their own trade.  Now the ornately-carved colourfully painted furniture, mirrors and accessories are popular around the world.

Although the children grow up involved in the handiwork of their parents  and are greatly skilled themselves (& have for generations), the next generation seems to be moving to ‘greener pastures’ in other cities, countries and industries.  Hopefully, there will always be enough talented artisans to keep these towns and villages alive and well.

Colourful wooden furniture, pictures, knick-knacks.  The really good stuff...I wasn't allowed to take photos of.

Colourful wooden furniture, pictures, knick-knacks. The really good stuff…I wasn’t allowed to take photos of.

Triangular Sunflower table and chairs

Triangular Sunflower table and chairs

We were especially delighted to find a husband/wife team but were not allowed to take pictures.  The husband builds the furniture and  does extensive carving which then his wife paints gaily.  Many of the pictures carved into chairs, entertainment centres or bars are of Isla Janitzio making a direct connection to the local area.  Another common picture from this couple reminded me of The Pied Piper but it is actually the Viejitos Dance which is the Dance of the Old Men.

  “All the performers are costumed in white cotton shirts and trousers, covered with bright ponchos, heads topped with wide-brimmed straw hats. Rainbow-colored ribbons hang from the dancers’ hats tumbling over the white ixtle hair of the carved, wooden masks. The striking image is unmistakable: This is La Danza de los Viejitos—the Dance of the Old Men, of Lake Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico.” http://www.musicpowerpolitics.com/ch03.html

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