The Man From Tlamacazapa
in Guerrero, Mexico
Zihuatanejo's
MERCADO DE ARTESANIA, ZIHUATANEJO, GUERRERO, MEXICO
JAIME & MARIA DE JESUS ON THEIR WEDDING DAY IN TAXCO
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Meet my friend Santos Belén and his wife Maria de Jesus, better known as Jaime and Chuchita. My wife and I were honored to be the ring-bearers (Padrinos de Anillos) at their wedding in the Catedral de Santa Prisca in Taxco, Guerrero.

Jaime is from a small village called Tlamacazapa high in the Sierra Madre del Sur about an hour's ride along a dirt road from Taxco. Tlama, for short, is known for the intricate weavings of baskets, hand-bags, sombreros, placemats and just about anything else they can think of to make.

There the women still wear traditional rebosos (shawls) which they use to cover their head and much of their face most of the time. Houses are still built with adobe and woven sticks, and cooking is still done in adobe ovens. Not much has changed for them in hundreds of years except the arrival of electricity.

HAND-WOVEN ARTICLES FROM TLAMACAZAPA, GUERRERO, MEXICO
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JAIME'S STALL IN THE MERCADO DE ARTESANIA, ZIHUATANEJO, GUERRERO, MEXICO
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Jaime is a shining example of how the Mercado de Artesanía can benefit the descendants of the original inhabitants of Mexico. In both the market and especially in his village he is considered somewhat of a prince and is a role model for other youngsters from similar backgrounds. Since his arrival in Zihuatanejo he has finished high school, learned Conversational English, studied computers, started a family, and built not only a small home here but contributed much of his earnings to building the modest but relatively modern home in which his parents live in Tlamacazapa (the most modern house in that village). Find him at the Mercado in stall number 24 across from the church.
I highly recommend looking up Jaime at the Mercado. He can help you find what you're looking for as well as help you with any communications problems since he speaks English, Spanish and Nahuatl. He's one of the nicest people you could ever meet and a true Prince of the Mercado! HANDCRAFTED AND HANDPAINTED CERAMICS AT THE ARTISANS' MARKET, ZIHUATANEJO, GUERRERO, MEXICO
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