Michoacan Shopping | Where to Shop and What to Buy
After visiting the attractions in Michoacan, you can learn more about the Purpecha culture and their artisanal legacy. Today, they continue to use ancient techniques to produce a wide variety of Michoacan handicrafts. Throughout the state you’ll find shops where you can buy the perfect gift or souvenir. You can find pottery, jewelry, pressed copper, metalwork, carved woodwork, furniture, masks, embroidery, weavings, and toys made of stone, decorative paper, or corn husk. Some of the most notable places to buy handicrafts in Michoacan are at the National Copper Fair in Santa Clara and the Guitar Fair in Paracho.
In Michoacan each town and community provides the unique opportunity to acquire new and different products that are colorful, magical, and one-of-a-kind. Many of the towns in the state specialize in a specific type of handicraft
For generations, the town of Paracho in the region of Uruapan has specialized in the production of guitars and violins of such high quality that they have received international acclaim. In Santa Clara you can find unique copper pieces, unparalleled in their quality, texture, and color. In the town of Jiquilpan they are known for weaving shawls; in Nurio they specialize in hats; the pottery of Tzintzuntzan is outstanding; and the list goes on and on. When you travel to Michoacan, you also can’t pass up the opportunity to sample some of the traditional sweets and candies.
Santa Clara del Cobre
In the Patzcuaro region, Santa Clara del Cobre is an excellent place to go shopping in a very traditional setting. This small town is known for the production of copper crafts and utensils, all of exceptional quality. You can visit the workshops and stores that proudly display their designs, copper pieces, and even jewelry. If you visit during the month of August, you’ll get the chance to attend the National Copper Fair, which takes place every year and features innovative designs and a variety of cultural activities.
Located less than half an hour from Uruapan, the town of Paracho is renowned for its high quality production of guitars, violins, and string instruments. The National Guitar Fair takes place in August and is just one more reason to visit this town. In addition to purchasing one of these exceptional handmade items in Paracho, you can also visit other interesting attractions, like the Guitar Museum, and several other monuments, churches and colonial buildings.
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