Folk treasures hunting

By Jade Arroyo

San Miguel is well known for its interesting and stylish shops; the combination of Mexican folklore and original design come together to create unique treasures to take home with you from your trip.

Yaruke, Hernández Macias 93

When you walk into this place, an explosion of color will greet your eyes: wherever you glance, there is a different item which cannot conceal its Mexican provenance. There’s a little bit of everything, from interior design, to hand-painted nichos, to jewelry and hand-made dolls. This is a good place to find unusual gifts.

Gift store at the La Esquina Toy Museum, Núñez 40

This museum is one of a kind, holding a beautiful collection of traditional Mexican folk toys. The little gift shop is at the entrance and offers fun and imaginative toys to take home with you.

Galería Atotonilco, El Cortijo, 15-1852225,

Located in the nearby town of Atotonilco, this large gallery/shop features Mexican folk items, such as Huichol art, pottery, lacquer art, papier maché, Oaxacan wood carvings, hand-blown glass, lovely trees of life, serapes (many of which are Mexican antiques) and much more. You can also find vintage photography and paintings. Visits are by appointment. You can call or write for specific information. You’ll find a map at their website

Jade Mexican Designs, Cuadrante 22, 154-7881

This store offers updated textile art, Mayan textiles made on a waist loom and accented with accents, such as crochet, charms and lace or appliqué on contemporary clothing. There’s also a line of jewelry in sterling and real stones, all made in Mexico.

Abrazos, Zacateros 24, 154-8580

In this place you’ll find an abundance of items made from fun-print fabric, including aprons, kimonos, robes, dresses, iPad cases, men’s shirts, ties and more. The fabric is made in Mexico, and production is local.

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