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Canastas Morales

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Crescensio Morales has been taking the bus to Ajijic from Guadalajara every day for the last two decades to sell these traditional palm baskets & bags typical of Guerrero.

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If you’ve been in Ajijic long, you would undoubtedly recognize Crescencio Morales by the dozens of baskets and bags that are strapped around his body as he walks the town’s streets to sell his work.

Only, he prefers not to have his picture taken and so hopefully, you’ll recognize his son, Andrés, pictured above. Andrés also sometimes sells these baskets, purses and other items of folk art that are made from dyed palm fronds. You can also reach him at 331-338-7612.

Crescencio moved to Guadalajara from Tlamacazapa, Guerrero, almost 50 years ago. Today, he takes the bus from the city to Ajijic, as he’s done every day for the last two decades, to sell these colorful palm-leaf creations, which are made by family members and friends.

If you’re interested in these baskets and purses, there’s a chance you’ll find Crescencio or Andrés at the intersection of Morelos and 16 de Septiembre, one block north of the malecón in Ajijic. But you might run into them anywhere in town, including the plaza and the Wednesday tianguis market. They usually stop by the plaza every couple of hours.

Last updated July 1, 2020

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Street View

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Crescensio and Andrés sell their products on the street in Ajijic. One of the places you’re likely to find them is pictured above.

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331-338-7612

Photos of Canastas Morales

Andrés Morales at the Feria Maestros del Arte in Chapala.

Andrés Morales at the Feria Maestros del Arte in Chapala.

Year-round, you can find Andrés and his father, Crescencio, selling their palm baskets, purses and decorations in the streets of Ajijic, especially on Colón Street close to the malecón.

Year-round, you can find Andrés and his father, Crescencio, selling their palm baskets, purses and decorations in the streets of Ajijic, especially on Colón Street close to the malecón.

Purses made from woven palm leaves.

Purses made from woven palm leaves.

Palm leaf purses in natural and bright colors.

Palm leaf purses in natural and bright colors.

The tightly woven lid of one of the palm baskets.

The tightly woven lid of one of the palm baskets.

Palm leaf purses and bags.

Palm leaf purses and bags.

Palm leaf purses and bags.

Palm leaf purses and bags.

Palm leaf purses, bags and sombreros.

Palm leaf purses, bags and sombreros.

Customers check out the bags and hats at the Feria Maestros del Arte in Chapala.

Customers check out the bags and hats at the Maestros del Arte in Chapala.

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A purse that's woven from cookie wrappers.

A purse that's woven from cookie wrappers.

Engraved and painted wooden canes.

Engraved and painted wooden canes.

Colorful hanging decorations.

Colorful hanging decorations.

Hot pads, bags, picnic baskets, decorations, hats and purses made from palm leaves.

Hot pads, bags, picnic baskets, decorations, hats and purses made from palm leaves.

Flower decorations made from corn husks.

Flower decorations made from corn husks.

Coasters made from dyed palm leaves.

Coasters made from dyed palm leaves.

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Hats (not made from palm leaves).

Hats (not made from palm leaves).

Canastas Morales

Woven palm baskets typical of the state of Guerrero.

Andrés Morales, who sells these bags, baskets and hats on the streets of Ajijic along with his father, Crescencio.

Andrés Morales, who sells these bags, baskets and hats on the streets of Ajijic along with his father, Crescencio.

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