|The Folk Art of Tlaxcala
Tlaxcala is a small state located just a few hours outside of Mexico City. Tlaxcala has a rich
history and a strong tradition of folk art. Due to the state’s proximity to the state of Puebla, it is no
surprise that they are producers of Talavera pottery and tiles. Additionally, the community of San
Sebastian Atlahapa is famous for these elaborate and beautiful works of red clay (pictured
Tlaxcala also produces fanciful and unusual alebrijes, which are surreal sculptures of fantastical
animals. Wooden alebrijes from the state of Oaxaca are perhaps better known than those from
Tlaxcala, which are typically made from papier-mâché. The best place to find this unusual folk art
is in the community of Popocatla. Please see these resources for more information on the
history, culture, and folk art of the Mexican state of Tlaxcala.
Houston Culture Website on the History of the state of Tlaxcala.
Mexico Desconocido Article on Popocatla.