The Colorful Huichol Crafts of San Blas

As you may recall, San Blas is one of the most important geographical spots for the Huichol people, so their colorful and highly appreciated crafts are present in many corners of this beautiful port.

Handicrafts found in the Riviera Nayarit are made by the Huichol and Cora people, who live in the Sierra Madre Occidental. Fine figures representing the gods of sun, rain and others, are common in the region. These ethnic groups are famous for their colorful costumes, embroidered fabrics, plumed hats, as well as their bracelets, rings and necklaces made of glass beads expressing their beliefs.

In colorful and dramatic images, Huichol people reflect their spiritual reality. It was not until some time after 1950 that many of the artworks began to seep into other Mexican and foreign communities.

Photo via MuCi on Flickr.

Photo via MuCi on Flickr.

Over time, more members of the Huichol communities, one of the few ethnic groups who have retained their customs and original traditions, began migrating to cities like Tepic, Guadalajara, Mexico City, and locally to Puerto Vallarta. The method of dyeing fabrics, such as art with beads, has become synonymous with the movement to protect the rights of ethnic groups and simultaneously gives commercial and educational opportunities.

If you are looking for this beautiful craft during your stay in San Blas, we recommend you visit the gallery Arte Magico Huichol located in the restaurants area of ​​Juarez Avenue, a few steps from the Main Square and the Municipal Market.

Do not miss the chance to take a beautiful Huichol craft home as a souvenir of your visit to this magical port. Share your photos on social networking sites using the hashtags: #AllToBeDiscovered, #MeGustaSanBlas and #LikeSanBlas.

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