El Salvador's Arts and Crafts

Art and crafts in San Salvador

The arts and crafts demonstrate the creativity of the human spirit. Painting, sculpture, photography, literature or architecture Are the arts taken care of and respected in El Salvador. San Salvador famous for a particular craft because in small towns many people are used to make crafts and then sell them.
There are many things that can be bought in El Salvador, everything made by hand is called "Artesanal". here we are going to give some examples like: hamacas, that are like hanging beds made of nylon that are more comfortable and the hot cotton made.This are mostly used in the sea because it is relaxing and joined with the noise from the waves that come from the sea. That is why people prefere the nylon made because this are less hot and much more soft and obiosly more comfortable.
El Salvador also have more arts and crafts for example in juayua, there people make wood.

La Palma
La Palma is a small town in the province of Chalatenango in Northern El Salvador. Most of the people who live here are artisans who produce a unique style of folk art. This unique craftwork is said to have been created by the Salvadoran artist, Fernando Llort. Crafts from El Salvador continue to change and find new means of expression to the arts.
Each La Palma item reflects the images of the every-day life of the region. Birds, houses and animals are part of their crafts and are reflected in this form using all the available materials. The artists put their creativity and personality on each item so that the colors and designs are never exactly the same.
Global Exchange offers jewelry and pencil boxes, napking holders, hanging wall plaques and keyholders, and hand embroidered dresses from the La Palma collective.

El Salvador's Arts & Crafts

One of the most important person in El Salvador is Fernando Llort because of his arts and crafts. He has a restaurant and in the restaurant he has a place full of all his famous art and craft. Art and craft represent the honor, joy, work,and happiness of this country El Salvador it represent its culture the tradition and the morals of the Salvadorians and creativity.

Normally, the workers or companies of craft are formed by family members of the owner of the shop. Usually the craft that they made have a use in home or in a office. El Salvador has many places where you can go and buy crafts. All of these places together are called la "Ruta Artesanal", or Artistical Route. The "Ruta Artesanal" goes from places like Miramundo to izalco.

El Salvador’s Craft Paradise

El Salvadors Craft Paradise refers to handmade crafts made in small towns around the country made out of natural materials: wood, `morro´, leather, fabric, `añil´, seeds, feathers, clay, etc. La Palma and San Ignacio in Chalatenango produces art-crafts out of natural wood painted in lively colours and designs showing the natural beauty of these mountains. Fernando Llort a famous artist teached the local artisans different techniques, which was why this place became so famous for its crafts. Ataco in Ahuachapán is a mountain village where the locals weave colourful cloths using old fashioned pedal-operated looms.

Artisan Route is a place you can find almost any Salvadorian arts and crafts because of the ingeniously talented locals who make this crafts out of seeds, wood, leather, clay, among other materials. Ilobasco in Chalatenango has been a place where the local artisans have modeled a rich variety of objects made out of clay for many generations.

San Sebastian in San Vicente is the mayor textile producer. Colourful fabrics made in pedal looms are used in many traditional and other clothing items such as: bags, shirts, skirts, table covers, trousers, wallets and belts. Nahuizalco in Ahuachapán is one of the most important indigenous and artisans communities that make baskets and furniture with natural fibers like `tule´ and `rattan´. The streets are full of these product varieties so you can appreciate and buy some of this beautiful crafts.

Artisan Route
In El Salvador, there is a route called the Artisan route, or 'Ruta Artesanal', in spanish. The 'Ruta Artesanal begins in Cojutepeque, and ends with the city of Suchitoto. Many handicrafts, such as the 'sorpresas', hamocs, napkin rings, textiles, clay figurines and others; can be bought all along the route's path. Besides the crafts, one can do many things, such as: view beautiful scenery, eat excelent typical food and others. This is an excelent way to check out the handicrafts made by Salvadorean artists!

A Hamaca:

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More crafts made by hand:

Clay Napkin Rings from El Salvador
Clay Napkin Rings from El Salvador
La Palma Crosses from El Salvador
La Palma Crosses from El Salvador
Hand-crafted chrismas ornaments from El Salvador
Hand-crafted chrismas ornaments from El Salvador
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Fernando Llort:
Fernando Llort know as the Salvadorian National Artist, son of Baltsar Llort and Victoria Choussy. He was born on April 7, 1949 in San Salvador. Since he was a little boy he showed an artistic inclination he will always be chosen to draw things for the class. When he graduated from high school he studied architecture in the university of El Salvador, in 1968 he went for further studies to France, while his time in France he felt he need to give a strong sense to the culture of El Salvador . After he finished his studies in France he went to Belgium and studied theology. It was just when the civil war had ended, he came back to El Salvador, things were tense so he decided to move far away from the capital and moved to La Palma, where he was influenced by the contact of nature and the people. He started a workshop called ``La Semilla De Dios´´

Fernando Llort is know for his simple but nice designs, two dimensional pictures with lots of colors most of them primary colours, almost all the time he draws birds , or animals, rural life, flowers, simple adobe houses, with red tiles

``The art feeds the soul´´ Fernando Llort.

Here is Fernando Llort making some crafts


He painted the
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Arts And Crafts

The arts and crafts in El Salvador are well know by its variety of colors and originality all this, made from wood,clay, wool,paper, ceramic etc all this and different types of things for example of coconut they can make a monkey!!. some well know arts in El Salvador are the hamacs these are made from nylon and many colours they can also do it with your name! other examples are collars and t-shirts wich are really popular ,there are so many types of bracelets wich can also have your name, they sell small purses made of cloth wich has a view of some mountains, rivers and some places in El Salvador all this different crafts makes the tourist buy them because they are interesting and beautiful. There are also tables and chairs painted with drawings and birds with the stile of Fernando Llort you can find this and more much more!!!.
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This cross has been one of our customer favorites for almost 20 years! Featuring brightly colored folk art on stained wood, the La Palma Cross brings the spirit and joy of the town of La Palma, El Salvador into your home. A unique and colorful addition to any room in your home! YOUR PURCHASE OF THIS ITEM SUPPORTS THE CREATIVE WORK AND DIGNIFIED LIVELIHOOD FOR MEMBERS OF COOPERATIVA SEMILLA DE DIOS IN LA PALMA, EL SALVADOR.

The Salvadoran Bird Cross is a unique creation from El Salvador. The hand crafted item features a colorful variety of tropical birds along with flowers and a butterfly.

alvadoreans are a very hardworking people, and at the same time they have great artistic ability and imagination. Salvadorean arts and crafts are truly works of art, a sample of the native lifestyle and inheritance.

The town of Ilobasco is quite famous for its clay figurines, specially its miniatures. You can see a little of everything: "gossipy women," Noah's arks, plates of typical food, etc. You also have the opportunity of seeing the artists at work as they create and paint all these beautiful sculptures.

I also like very much the 3D clay houses. My cousins have given me several as gifts and I have arranged them over my mantelpiece in such a way as to recreate a town street scene, with a sponge painted background of trees and sky.

There are also many beautiful and useful wooden crafts (carved and/or turned on a lathe): sugar bowls, pitchers, plates, wine cups, drinking cups, ice buckets, etc. Here are some samples (click on the picture to enlarge):

We also met Mr. Rigoberto Rodríguez, a very talented painter who has studied painting in México and at the National University in San Salvador. I was entranced watching him paint beautiful scenes on ceramic plates, all very fast. I liked them so much that Sonia gave me three as a gift and I bought nine more, both as presents to give and for my own.
Below you can see pictures of some of the beautiful plates that are the product of the imagination, the heart, and the talented hands of don Rigoberto (press on the different photos to see them enlarged):

There is no doubt that the artists and crafters of El Salvador are truly ambassadors of the beauty of the country.