Traveling Through Mexico in One Market Space in Mexico City, Mexico
A peyote button. A leaping deer. A glowing sun. They’re all mosaicked together with tiny glass beads in vibrating colors or woven with yarn by the equally brightly-clad Huichol man or woman attending the stand. One aisle away are the silvers from Taxco, the painted ceramics from Guanajuato, the fluorescent alebrijes—wooden sculptures of dreamt up animals—from Oaxaca. The colors and shapes, textures and materials of the unfathomably diverse artisan works of the different cultures that make up Mexico come together at the Ciudadela Market in the historic center of Mexico City. The best examples of artisan works are generally found in their places of origin, but when traveling all of Mexico isn’t possible, the Ciudadela is a good alternative. Be sure to bargain: the vendors are familiar with the flow of foreigners that pass through the corridors. And on Sundays, free danzón lessons are available for anyone who wants to boogie with the sexagenarian regulars.