In an old hotel on the Parque Itzamna is the shop Hecho a Mano. It is one of the best curated stores for crafts in the Yucatan. We loaded up on textiles and ceramics from Chiapas. I reluctantly passed up a Pinochio from the state of Mexico. But I found three of the animals made from wool scraps that I collect. My friend bought most of his Xmas gifts for his discerning friends in the film and music business from New York and Paris. I just loaded up the car with gifts for myself and my homes. These are some of the things we left in the shop.
I most often choose my stuffed animals from the look in their eyes. This Tyrannosaurus Rex looks like he would not harm a fly. I found a leopard that looks like he´s wearing vintage Balenciaga and a green rooster. These were some of the best I´ve found anywhere in Mexico. This pair of iguana´s are going to the Casa Azul de Santiago to live by the ceramics from Patzcuaro. Why one has spikes on it´s back and the other has holes is a mystery. There were many beautiful textiles. Some were blouses and dresses. The most unique were bed spreads and table runners. I bought the one below to make a cushion for my sofa as it will blend in with the cushions I bought many years ago in Chiapas. They gave us a 10% discount as we were “two handsome gentlemen” and they took or credit cards as we had no more cash.