A few days ago, Mexican Talavera was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
YES! The binational declaration was received by the Government of Puebla, through the Ministry of Tourism.
The decision was taken by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. The members of this association valued this craft for its manufacturing, decoration and enamelling procedures. As well, as for maintaining the same elaboration process since the 16th century.
“The theoretical and practical knowledge related to this element of living cultural heritage. Includes the preparation of clay, its modeling with a lathe or a mold, the ornamentation of the patterned piece. The preparation of pigments and enamel and cooking in the oven, operations all of them that demand a great skill ”.UNESCO
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Mexican Talavera: a living art
Talavera, an almost alchemical ancient art, is one of the most emblematic and representative crafts of the country. However, no matter how Mexican it may feel, its true origin is located in Spain.
According to the investigations of the INAH specialists, Talavera was born when, in 1550. A small group of artisans from the workshops of Talavera de la Reina, Seville and Genoa settled in New Spain. Besides, the groups settled in Puebla, and began producing staniferous earthenware.
Over time, this trade acquired its own identity and today, it is a hundred percent Mexican legacy that remains alive. When the tradition arrived in Puebla, it went from being a stannous earthenware to Talavera, differentiating it from the Spanish talaveras. Meanwhile, the current Talavera, is a mixture of Chinese, Italian, Spanish and indigenous ceramic techniques.
This denomination establishes a cultural link to keep tradition alive. In addition to conserving and converting the entity of Puebla into a space full of history, culture and artisanal legacy.
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