Saturday, April 21, 2007

Jaracuaro Hats

Jaracuaro is just outside Patzcuaro along the lake. It sits on a narrow penisula that used to be an island. The streets are very narrow and unless you have to drive to the far end of town, it's better to park near the store with the welcome sign and walk in. Jaracuaro is only about 20 blocks long and a few blocks wide.

The hat makers shop is just 2 blocks along the main street on the right. A very friendly family and they are willing to give you a tour of the shop and showroom.

Entrance to town

Hat molds waiting

Unformed straw hats waiting

Ironing a hat into shape

This guy does rims and bands between jokes

Some of the products

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Patzcuaro is the ex-capital of Michoacan and before that was Tzintzuntzan, a small town nearby dating to the Purhépecha empire in the 1300's. The museum in Patzcuaro is finding ruins in it's back yard that predates history and they are believed to be earlier than the history of Tzintzuntzan. The Purhépecha were one of the indigenous tribes that were not conquered by the Aztecs

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