What is Tlaquepaque?

Tlaquepaque is a land of artisans, its name comes from the Nahuatl, "Tlalipac" which means place over slope of clay. It is located at an altitude of more than 5000 ft. above sea level, with an average temperature of 28°C, warm weather and rains during the summer.

Before the arrival of the Spaniards in 1542, Tlaquepaque was already an artisan town. It is actually the largest artisan center in Mexico, where you can find the best handcraft products all over the world, such as: ceramic, blown glass, forged iron, silversmith and goldsmith shops, repousse, laminated brass, furniture and mostly what has given international fame for more than 100 years: its pottery with a great variety of clay figures which capture the typical Mexican scenes through out the time. Also the famous presidential collections, and the nativity sets, made since 150 years ago by 5 generations of artisans of the Panduro family.


How is Tlaquepaque divided?
Tlaquepaque is divided into 4 quarters, each one of them has been characterized before two centuries ago for its handcrafts products. In Santa Maria's quarter, one of the most antiques, the production of clay bricks predominated since 1850, and by the end of the same century. It was already characterized for being the crib of artisans who have given national and international fame to Tlaquepaque. One of the families of artisans is the Pantaleón Panduro's family.

Why is La Casa del Retoņo famous?

La Casa del Retoņo, was known because it was home for Don Ponciano Panduro, known for his fine handcrafts such as horses and mexican horsemen (charros). People stood over by the window to admire his work, and also because in the same street, which was once named Retoņo, lived the other members of the Panduro's family, all of them pottery workers and with superb abilities in modeling clay.




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