Cuanajo is town dedicated to handicrafts, both colorfully painted wood furniture and hand woven belts and back strap loom woven product. There is a weaver´s collective in town and their crafts are on display at the handicrafts market on the town square. Bob Freund 7/7/2005 For more information contqact:

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 Visit the Cuanajo desing page in the Textile Patterns page

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In the past, the skirt was a wool wrap skirt pleated by hand and held up with a hand woven belt. Today, it is much more convenient to wear the pre-pleated skirt of commercial material; it still has the traditional look but is much faster to put on. Imelda ran home to change into her costume and brought her mother back with her. In the first picture, the traditional way to use the belt can be seen. The weaving collective has the belts displayed by weaver and each piece has a name and price. Since my first trip in 2001 the prices have continued to rise on the cotton pieces; the wool goods have seen less of an increase. Still, given the detail and time it takes to weave them, they are well worth owning. On the lower row there is the front and back of a woven wool design from a belt .

The delantal is a trademark of this region. In the upper region of the Purhépechas territory the delantal is different. These garments are incredibly ornate, with heavy cross stitching on them. On the bottom right there is an example of a delantal that was for sale. Even though it is heavily embroidered, the personal delantals of each woman are more nicely embroidered. The white apron with large flowers is another type which I have been told is more for unmarried girls. However, I have seen it being worn by older women also. Throughout the Purpepechas of Lake Patzcuaro region page you can see many more of the textile wonders.