Handicrafts are a result of intelligence, skill and the sensitivity of people. Using materials provided by Nature, magic hands produce useful, beautiful objects in each town and region.
In Guerrero, the Nahua people as well as the Mixtecos, Tlapanecos and Amuzgos have distinguished themselves by the quality of their textiles made with waist frames and have earned one of the highest distinctions awarded by the National Board for Culture and Arts, for their embroidery and fabrics. Women devote themselves to embroidering items of clothing and table linen, as well as decorative cloth with great care.
The region of Chilapa is notable for its unusual production of handicrafts. Corn and totomoxtli leaves are used to make figures from the most traditional dances, which, in miniature, are an excellent ornament for living rooms and offices. Vases, baskets, small reed baskets, laundry baskets and other reed products are made in Ayahualulco. As wells as hats, bags, baskets and other palm articles, Tzompantli wood mask are also made.
Glazed china is an example of pottery handicrafts from Chilapa; containers and crockery from Tecpan; sculptural jugs from Amayaltepec; elegant pots from Ajuchitlán; majestic painted earthenware jars from San Agustín de las Flores and casserole dishes from Ayahualco.
Lacquered Products from Olinalá
Since pre-Hispanic times, Olinalá has been considered the most important production center for lacquered products and the majority of its population makes their living from this handicraft activity. They make and paint bowls, trunks, jewelry boxes, large chests, folding screens, beds, desks, dining room furniture, tiger masks and a never-ending list of decorative articles. Each year, in the first week of October, the most important handicrafts exhibition in the region takes place in Olinalá.
Amate paper (handmade bark paper) and ceramics are produced in Xalitla.
For many years now in Ameyaltepec in the municipality of Zumpango, ceramics have been created and are decorated with brightly colored patterns, which, due to the success of the tourist market, have also been applied to traditional amate paper. This activity has extended to neighboring towns on the Balsas River; a handicrafts market can be found in Xalitla where plates, jugs, vases, lamps, coin banks, ash trays, plant pots and decorated amate cloth can be purchased.
The personality of the designs, the masterly combination of metal, gems and enamels, as well as the care taken in the manufacturing process has earned general recognition for the craftsmen and women of Guerrero, thus turning handicrafts into one of the most admired resources of our state.