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Presenter : Judith Jones

Mexico

Mexico’s epic history has bequeathed it some of the richest cultural traditions on the planet. A combination of more than 50 pre-Hispanic cultures and its Spanish invaders have left a unique and iconic legacy. For the shopper there’s a wealth of goods to buy, from time honoured crafts to modern quirky design.

Judith Jones seeks out the best in traditional craftsmanship in the tranquil village of Patzcuaro.  Fishermen and master carvers produce outstanding pieces depicting nature and religious themes in this tranquil haven by the side of a lake. Spiritual communication is also at the heart of Huichol art, known for its colourful bead design, which uniquely has recently been applied onto a Volkswagen bug in collaboration with the Museum of Popular Art.

Even chocolate comes in many colours here, but the most commonly used is mole, a savoury chocolate sauce usually served with chicken. For a sweet version of the local treat the best destination is Tout Chocolat where chocolatier Luis Robledo turns Mexican chocolate and flavours such as lime and passion fruit into delectable pralines.

For upmarket shopping the silver town of Zacatecas presents a haven for magpies with sillversmiths offering their unique designs hewn from silver that for centuries has been mined in the town’s very own hills.

Ciudadela Market in Mexico City is the place to come for souvenirs, including Aztec inspired masks and sun stones, but for something a bit more special, such as a made to measure mariachi suit you have to go off the beaten path. The Arreola family are known as the Christian Dior of the trade and they offer the whole range from sombreros to neckties and boots.  Another family famous for its craft are the Linares who design fantastical paper mâché sculptures that are valued by museums and collectors around the world.

For spells and magic potions the witches market is a treasure trove of weird and wonderful gifts reflecting Mexico’s rich belief system. Diego Rivera, one of Mexico’s most famous artists, was a proud promoter of local folklore, much of which are depicted in the celebrated murals that can be found all over town, including the splendid Palacio Nacional  – but you can also see how the great artist lived and worked at his modernist studio that caused quite a stir with its construction.

Read our Mexico shopping guide here

Credits

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presenter

JUDITH JONES

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with thanks to

MINISTRY OF TOURISM MEXICO

MEXICO CITY TOURISM

MEXICO CITY FILM COMMISSION

SECRETARIA DE CULTURA MEXICO DF

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE ANTROPOLOGÍA E HISTORIA

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE BELLAS ARTES

MUSEO DE ARTE POPULAR

MUSEO CASA ESTUDIO DIEGO RIVERA Y FRIDA

MUSEO FRIDA KAHLO

GRUPO REAL TURISMO – QUINTA REAL HOTEL, ZACATECAS

HOTEL MANSION ITURBE

PLAZA SUITES HOTEL, MEXICO CITY

EXPERIENCIA TEPOZTLAN

TISA GABRIEL, CARTA – THE CAMINO REAL TRAIL ORGANIZATION

CAMINO REAL, CHIHUAHUA (JOSE ESQUIBEL, JOSE LUIS PUNZO DIAZ, DR. R. B. BROWN)

LA FAMILIA LINARES

SASTRERIA ARREOLA

TOUT CHOCOLAT

LA COMUNIDAD HUICHOL

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fixer

FRANCISCO TORREGROSA

CLARA RUSSO

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titles and graphics

MARTINA DEO

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camera

GEORGIE BURRELL

MARTÍN GUZMÁN

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sound

SIMON BUCK

FERNANDO PEREZGASGA

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facilities

SOHO SQUARE STUDIOS

dubbing mixer

EDWARD SUTTON

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online editor

MICHAEL SUNDERLAND

editor

RICHARD HOWARD

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title music by

MICHAEL CONN

music by

MALCOLM LAWS & NAINITA DESAI

MICHAEL CONN

SIMON HILL

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post production coordinator

MICHAEL SUNDERLAND

post production assistant

THOMAS ARNAL

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production accountant

PETYA MARKOVA

production manager

MEL MOORE

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producers

KRISTINE JUERGENSEN

LISA DUPENOIS

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directors

KRISTINE JUERGENSEN

PETER BOYD MACLEAN

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executive producer

IAN CROSS

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