Artisan Market in Mexico City - 06.21.2007



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[Translator’s Note: A Ciudadela is an area with some protection from the elements found in the interior of a large plaza. In the case of this specific Ciudadela it is a large market used for the sale of crafts and artisan works and plays an important role in the economic and cultural lives of the people living there.]

The Ciudadela is a Mexican crafts market where cultural groups from around Mexico distribute their crafts to other parts of the country and the world. These artists and have developed and maintained this space for more than 40 years. The land the Ciudadela occupies has been threatened with demolition, to convert the area into a government office building.

The Ciudadelas craftspeople are organizing so the eviction might be prevented. They are working to educate people about valuable cultural and artistic work that is done every day in the market.

The Ciudadela offers artwork made of wood, cloth, glass, paint, metal, pottery, and embroidery. You can purchase paintings, scultures, typical and traditional costumes, along with thousands more items. The market sells crafts from the entire country, and members of at least 10 indigenous groups live there, including the Triquis, Tzeltales, Tzotziles, Huicholes, Mixtecos, Purpechas, Tlapanecos, Otomes, Zapotecos, Nahuas and Mazahuas. These cracts people count on the Ciudadela space for art production as well as sales, employing more than 1200 craftspeople.

For more than 40 years the Ciudadela has been a hub for the world-wide distribution of Mexican crafts, and the market has also been a necessary stop for any tourist in Mexico City. During this time the knowledge of the artisans craft has been passed from generation to generation, and they continue with this work to this day.

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La ciudadela es un mercado de artesanas mexicanas, donde grupos culturales de todo el pas venden y distribuyen sus artesanas a otras partes del pas y del mundo, ellos tambin son artesanos y han mantenido y hecho crecer este espacio durante ms de 40 aos. Sin embargo el lugar que ocupan ha sido amenazado de ser demolido para convertirlo en un edificio de oficinas para el gobierno.

Los artesanos de este mercado han decidido organizarse ante un posible desalojo y buscan dar a conocer lo que en La Ciudadela se hace todos los das para que sean considerados por su trabajo esencialmente cultural y artstico; para que con esto se reconsidere la intencin de expulsarlos de su recinto.

En el mercado de la ciudadela se trabaja la madera, el hilo, el vidrio, la pintura, el metal, la escultura, la alfarera, el bordado, los trajes tpicos y tradicionales entre mil cosas ms. Se comercializan artesanas de todo el pas y viven en el mismo por lo menos integrantes de 10 pueblos indgenas: triquis, tzeltales, tzotziles, huicholes, mixtecos, purpechas, tlapanecos, otomes, zapotecos, nahuas y mazahuas y cuenta con un espacio para talleres, lo que da trabajo a mas de 1200 artesanos mas.

Con ms de 40 aos, este lugar se ha convertido en un difusor de las artesanas a nivel mundial y se ha convertido tambin en un paso obligado de los visitantes extranjeros de la ciudad de Mxico y del pas. Durante este tiempo los conocimientos de su trabajo han pasado de generacin en generacin y as se mantienen hasta la fecha.


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