One of the six municipalities comprising Greater Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque is a world-renowned tourist destination focused on arts and crafts. Called the “land of artesans”, it is the most significant artesanal centre in Mexico. The name signifies “place where clay slopes are found” or “fabricators of clay figures”.
Before the Spanish arrived in 1542, Tlaquepaque was already a town of craftsmen, producing a wide variety of pottery and clay figures decorated with scenes from the area, and also paintings and textiles.
The city is divided into four cuadrants each one characterized by a traditional craft from past centuries. The inhabitants preserve the cultural values passed down from generation to generation and add new creative touches which assure the cohesion and unity of their craft as it evolves into the future. Although more than 100 new neighborhoods have appeared in the past few years, the cultural heritage is strongly preserved.