Original Arts & Crafts

Things to find indigenous to PVEE are sandals (made of used tires for soles, a really in thing in the sixties and about to make a comeback), ‘huaraches’ as they are called, embroidered clothing, resort wear.

Noted Art Galleries include, Galeria Uno on Morelos- ask for Jan- Studio Zoo- Galeria Lepe- El Dante, Bezan and Russel Davis Gallery [BS1] which are all reputable and have been in business a long time.

Next to PACO PACO is a new store featuring TALEVERA ceramic which is famous throughout the world. Many of the MEX-DEV bathrooms boast TALEVERA hand-painted sinks. Another interesting store for curios large and small is ARTES y INDIAS on Insurgentes.

For Tiffany lamps and some papier mache, try DISENOS MOLL on Juarez in the BANK area Quality wall hangings and carpets can be found a block north of Disenos MOLL on the opposite side of the street on the corner. At the first light after descending the Hill from Casa ANITA, turn right and go 1/2 a block to TILE WORLD (Mundo de AZULEJOS). This store has the best selection of tile in all of Vallarta and Benny, the owner, has artists on staff hand painting while you watch. You can order from the many samples adorning the walls a pattern and text, custom made to your whim for around $20 to $30. and he’ll have it ready in 24 hours or so, packed and ready to load into your suitcase. What a present for those hard-to-get types. A hand painted plaque saying ‘Dorothy’s Kitchen’ for example??? . ONYX is also available at the Onyx factory next to Mundo de Azulejos. Next to that is a Pewter store also Benny’s and around the corner where Insurgente crosses Basillo Badillo is Benny’s Mundo de vidrio, Glass World.

For distinctive clothing that is different, (mainly manta) take a peek at Laura’s on ‘Cafe Row’ Basillio Badilla street.

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