About a year ago a group of friends, living in Merida and appreciating one of a kind craft work, began searching out native artists from their state of Yucatan. At least the partial result was a craft show Nov. 29 at the TTTI, a school of tourism on Calle 59 of nearly 30 exhibitors. There was room after room and patios filled with small displays of various works: carved gourds, ceramic sculptures, embroidered textiles, detailed clothing, pottery, books, stones painted with animals, masks, sculptures of cast off motor parts, palm fronds painted with landscapes, stone carvings, ceramic drums, hand stitched pillows, papier mache sculptures,ceramic whistles shaped as animals, hand woven table cloths and shawls, jewelry made from sisal spines and other natural materials, and wooden mobiles. (Perhaps there were more.) The work was very good and the prices reasonable. It opened at 9:30 and we arrived at 10 am. Our friends Allan and Matt had driven in from Playa the day before to join us in our rented house and attended with us. Knowing that I had a ride home for me and my stuff freed me up for collecting.
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