Local Handicrafts in Puerto Vallarta

As visitors to Mexico will soon realize, the country offers an amazing array of handmade handicrafts and traditional art. In Puerto Vallarta, you can find locally made handicrafts and folk art that are some of the most unique and beautiful in all of Mexico. Jalisco is actually one of the top producers of quality handicrafts in Mexico, so Puerto Vallarta vacationers will have lots to choose from. Read below to learn more about the history of Jalisco handicrafts, and why you should take home a piece of Puerto Vallarta with you when you leave.  

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Handicrafts 

The vast majority of the Jalisco handicrafts you find for sale in Puerto Vallarta are produced in the Guadalajara area. Jalisco’s oldest craft traditions date back to the pre Hispanic period and you can still see evidence of those traditional designs and forms in today’s handicrafts. Jorge Wilmot, a noteworthy artist, first introduced the use of fire work ceramics in the state when he moved to Tonalá near Guadalajara in the 1950’s after studying ceramics in Europe and in Asia. Wilmot introduced modern ceramic techniques in Tlaquepaque, a neighborhood in Guadalajara, and also contributed to an increase in the production of Jalisco handicrafts such as pots, jars, dish sets, large vases, mosaics, tiles and more. Wilmot was awarded the Mexico National Prize in Arts and Sciences in 1997 for his contributions to the arts and crafts sector. 

Local Artisans in Jalisco

In Puerto Vallarta, visitors to the area will find lots of Jalisco handicrafts for sale including blown glass, textiles including serapes, wood furniture, baskets, metal items, piteado and Huichol art. Jalisco is one of Mexico’s largest producers of handicrafts and folk art, only preceded by the states of Michoacán and Oaxaca. The majority of Jalisco handicrafts are produced near Guadalajara, which is the center of commerce in Jalisco and all of Western Mexico.  The manufacture and sales of handicrafts is a major part of the tourism industry in Puerto Vallarta and throughout the state of Jalisco. In 1964, the Regional Museum for Ceramics was founded in Tlaquepaque by the “Patronato de Artes e Industrias Populares,” where visitors can enjoy exhibitions showcasing some of the best examples of the state’s ceramics. Jalisco was one of the first Mexican states to organize a state institution in 1965 that was centered on research about handicrafts, organizing craftsmen and market state goods, and also contributes to other public works projects.  

Efforts to Preserve the Handicraft Culture

In recent years, there has been a decline in young artisans creating handicrafts, but there are more than 75,000 artisans that are active members of the Instituto Jalisciense de Artesanías. The state of Jalisco is focused on preserving the art of handicrafts, and supports young artisans in their craft by offering financial assistance including supplying primary materials, equipment, training and help with marketing their goods. Cultural events such as “Jalisco es Artesania” also help promote handicrafts produced in the state which in return gives a financial boost to rural areas where the artisans live as well. 

Jalisco Handicrafts for Sale in PV, Tlaquepaque, Guadalajara, and Tonala

Jalisco handicrafts are available for sale in Puerto Vallarta, but if you have the time you should head to Tlaquepaque.  A colonial town just a few miles from Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque boasts a boutique shopping district with trendy shops and restaurants, and is considered the best spot to buy traditional Jalisco handicrafts.  Handicrafts are for sale that are made of ceramics, bronze, sculpture, wooden furniture, papier-mâché, blown glass, and embroidered cloth. Despite its close proximity to the state’s capital, Tlaquepaque is a quaint and traditional Mexican community. Visitors should explore its charming central plaza, a parish church, central market, and old-style colonial neighborhoods. In addition, the nearby artisan village of Tonalá also sells lovely ceramics and pottery, too. 

Jalisco has a rich history of creating beautiful handicrafts. During your next vacation in Puerto Vallarta, take the time to check out the local art for sale and don’t forget to purchase a memento or two to take back home with you. Also, if you want to try the top tour in Puerto Vallarta, make sure to check out the Marigalante pirate ship tour adventure. It offers guests a full day of fun, adventure and entertainment that everyone in the family will love.  Get ready to sail the beautiful Banderas Bay as you are entertained by the pirate crew. A delicious gourmet dinner and premium open bar make this tour a PV favorite. Make sure your reservations early as space is limited!