Lakeside Guide to Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Mexico

Canastas Morales

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The Morales family has been taking the bus to Ajijic from Guadalajara every day for almost 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 strapped around his body as he sells his work while walking the town’s streets.

Only, he prefers not to have his picture taken, so hopefully, you’ll recognize his son, Andrés, pictured above.

Crescencio moved from Tlamacazapa, Guerrero, to Guadalajara almost 50 years ago. For close to two decades he’s taken the bus to Ajijic every day to sell these palm creations, which are made by family members and friends.

If you’re interested in these colorful baskets and purses, there’s a good chance you’ll run into either Crescencio or Andrés at the intersection of Morelos and 16 de Septiembre, one block north of the malecón.

Last updated January 5, 2019

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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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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.

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Kids pose as marionettes on a moving float during the New Year's Day parade in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

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Kids pretend to be living marionettes while riding on a moving float during the New Year’s Day parade in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

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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.

A purse that's woven from cookie wrappers.

A purse that's woven from cookie wrappers.

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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.

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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