Objects produced for religious ceremonies and fiestas are also especially important.
For Christmas, there are ornaments, nativity scenes, lamps and piñatas; on the Day or the Dead, there are little paper or sugar skulls, plaster skeletons, incense holders, candle holders, and toys for the “ofrendas” (or offerings for the dead), as well. For the Fifth of May and Independence Day celebrations, there are straw sombreros, wooden noisemakers, and all types of flags.
Most of the artisans live in constant contact with nature, since many of them are also country-dwellers. They spend part of the year sowing and cultivating crops, and the rest of the time, while they wait for the harvest, they produce handicrafts, supplementing their income.
Their source of inspiration are the lovely landscapes they are accustomed to seeing, the animals, birds, flowers… in other words, they are nourished artistically by Nature that surrounds them. For this reason, they have ample contact with the raw materials they use, such as the clay used in ceramics, or the plants and vegetables from which they get their pigments, or the stones for their sculptures…
The imagination and creativity of the artisan is inexhaustible; no two pieces are the same; there are always new, original details… and for this reason, the person who buys a handicraft has in his hands, an object that is unique in the world!
Different types of crafts are produced throughout the country. Each place specializes in a type of work, depending on the geographical characteristics. Weaving is made in some places, in others ceramics, and in still others, metals are the raw material that is worked.
Particularly in indigenous areas, textiles have remained pure in style and production methods that date from pre-Hispanic times.