Woodworking Souvenirs in Puebla
History of Marquetry
Wood is the natural constructive material that is most widely used around the world. It was first utilized in ancient times to build houses and temples. Later in the Middle Ages woodcarvings were employed to decorate churches, and during the Renaissance, painted wood was very popular in art workshops.
However, the pinnacle of wood as a decorative element was yet to come. It was during the 1500s when craftsmen from Antwerp created the first furnishing with pieces of wood that had different widths, colors and shapes and that were put together to create appealing designs. This gave birth to marquetry, which is still in vogue thanks to the revival of the rustic style in interior design.
From its origins, marquetry conquered the hearts of palatial Europe. This technique was adopted for the creation of majestic ornaments and furnishing as well as exotic wooden frames with pearl incrustations. The art market turned these products into a synonym of elegance and good taste. On the other hand, the first European merchants who sailed to the New World internationalized these pieces.
Marquetry in Puebla
Puebla, a city that was part of New Spain, became the capital of marquetry in America thanks to the woodworkers who used this decorative form as a recurring element in interior design. Therefore, in your next tour around this beautiful colonial city, you should visit the art markets that still offer a great variety of marquetry products. You’ll find small jewelry boxes and even huge wooden trunks and mirrors that will make excellent souvenirs.
Puebla Historic Center
Continue reading because DINKtravelers will tell you where you can find these beauties. Every weekend, a local art and antiquities market is set in downtown Puebla at La Plazuela de los Sapos. Another alternative is found in the streets of Barrio de Analco. On weekdays, your best option is the old El Parián market, which was established in a historical building whose façade is adorned with talavera (glazed ceramics) and also serves as a venue for art performances and varied culinary attractions.
Last but not least, we recommend a walk around the bohemian Barrio del Artista. There you’ll get the chance to admire and buy paintings and handmade crafts by artists and artisans who enjoy telling you stories about their work or even recommend the best local restaurants for a feast worthy of the gods.