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The diversity of Antioquia’s regions and its living cultural heritage are palpable in hand-icraft processes which use indigenous materials and convert them into handmade commercial pieces and channels that express typical customs.
The gathering of artistic expressions represented in artifacts made of wood, ceramics, leather, and precious stones has its own exhibition stages throughout the city. Sanalejo Handcrafts Market, for one, gathers 450 crafts-people the first Saturday of every month in downtown’s Bolívar Square. Nutibara Hill’s Handcrafts Fair convenes the second and third weekend of every month and San Antonio Square, in the heart of downtown, gathers craftspeople from the city and other locales to exhibit their handmade wares. Other parks and main squares around the city are home to permanent handmade products such as neck-laces, bracelets, earrings, hats, plants, appar-el, and decorative objects.
Handcrafts Boulevard San Antonio
The humblest of materials is transformed into a piece of art after it arrives into the hands of these well-known and skilled craftsmen. Their handiwork comes alive as onlookers awe in wonder at their dexterity, such as when making handmade jewelry. Materials such as wood, bamboo, clay, leather, seeds, fabric, and macramé, become beautiful objets d’art as craftsmen work in the 52 permanent modules at this bazaar-like marketplace sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Medellín.
Sanalejo Handcrafts Market
Craftsmen and curio dealers offer their wares on the first Saturday of every month at Bolívar Square in downtown Medellín. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, hats, articles for home décor, house plants, garments, and all kinds of trinkets and memorabilia make their way to this unique market. Locals and visitors, young and old all enjoy this multicolor and multicultural marketplace, a deeply ingrained tradition of Paisas, as the people of Antioquia are called.