Tequisquiapan Craftsmanship and Competition of Chinese Origin Products

Handicrafts manufactured in China and marketed in Tequisquiapan (Mexico) generate an unfair sale that critically affects artisans.

The frequent arrival of handicrafts of Chinese manufacture, has put at risk the manufacture of artisan products in the municipality of Tequisquiapan, said the president of the Union of Artisans and Gastronomic Service Providers A.C., in Tequisquiapan, Erik Antonio Lopez Hernandez, who said that for that reason several artisans in this locality have been discouraged from continuing to make products based on natural fibers such as jara and rod.

He pointed out that the unfair competition that the artisans of Tequisquiapan go through is greater than five years ago, since they have often been present crafts of Chinese manufacture at low costs, which is why they have been able to consolidate in the commercial market.

“Chinese products affect us too much because artisans cease to be artisans and become traders, it’s more resale than elaboration, it’s unfair competition, but there has not been an arbitration through the authorities to balance all that, in my case, almost nobody makes the products I made, but in the case of the artisans of jara and vara, it is more difficult to sustain a craft that is not sustainable unfortunately,” he said.

He indicated that, in this situation, artisans have had to resort to attractive designs and models for tourism, especially handicrafts that, although they far exceed the cost of Chinese products, are valued in many cases by visitors.

He added that, depending on the crafts, the period of production is not less than five days, so he urged the population to value the work and effort of those engaged in this activity, as most consumers seek to purchase products at low cost, leaning towards Asian manufacturing.

Finally, he added that in the Magical Town, although there are several merchants selling handicrafts, consumers are informed about them and the quality of each one, in order to avoid acquiring those of lower quality and made in China.

Author: Rosalía Nieves Rosas. El Sol de San Juan del Rio