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Manos del Mundo will bring 300 artisans to World Trade Center Mexico

At the beginning of August, the WTC of Mexico City will be filled with colorful Mexican and world crafts, with around 300 exhibitors that will combine ancient traditions and new fashion trends.

Socorro Oropeza, president of the National Union of Coyolxauhqui Handicraft Producers, stressed that the Expo Manos del Mundo International Fair, which will take place from August 3 to 6 at the World Trade Center in Mexico City, could receive at least 10,000 visitors.

The union, which has a membership of 10 thousand people in 23 entities of the country, was created in 2003 with the purpose of organizing, informing and training craftsmen on various topics and to offer them a greater number of possibilities to access other markets.

Thus, the eleventh edition of this event seeks to integrate Mexican artisans from Aguascalientes, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Oaxaca, Puebla and Veracruz, with some coming from countries such as South Africa, Palestine, Jordan, Argentina and Russia.

This edition, which will be dedicated to Colombia and Guanajuato, seeks to bring together various types of handicrafts with direct prices set by producers.

About 300 artisans, 80 percent of them will be Mexican and 20 percent foreigners, will gather in the 2,000 sq meter event hall at WTC.

There will be typical food and handicrafts such as mezcal, mole, honey, tequila, clothing and footwear, although there will also be some that integrate elements of the Mexican artisan tradition with objects and clothing that are currently in fashion.

“It’s going to be a party, because craftsmen from Mexico and other countries come, we have an ambitious cultural program that wants to thank the participating countries,” Oropeza said.

In addition to brightening the eyes of those who attend the WTC in the Mexican capital with traditional crafts and many others with innovative elements, you can enjoy activities like a Bolivian Ballet that will pay homage to the Earth, A ballet of the third age and another one of Armenia.

This, coupled with a large supply of cultural activities, every day there will be catwalk with models that will carry the creations of the craftsmen.

Oropeza said that Mexican artisans are generators of employment and more support is needed from the authorities.

The Mexican handicrafts contribute 2.5 percent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), between businesses, workshops and direct jobs they generate, he said.

The organization seeks the creation of a training institute for artisans who want to improve their practices, as well as relevant information regarding the specifications that the products require to be marketed.

The exhibition will also be an opportunity for cultural exchange among exhibitors, coupled with the fact that when eliminating intermediaries, the prices of handicrafts will be lower, so that those who visit it will be able to count on articles and quality crafts at good prices.