Even in the rolling hills north of Mexico City, America has found Tequisquiapan. Last October I had the opportunity to visit this small town, central in the region of Huichapan. It’s a beautiful place. The cobblestone streets are quiet in the afternoons while the bougainvilla drapes across street signs and wrought iron window surrounds. We’re visiting during Dia de los Muertos and arrived on the Day of the Innocents. Small children, dressed as Elsa or ghosts, faces painted vibrant colors are running and yelling as loud as they can as they rush in to each little shop. Clutched in their hands are pillowcases (smart) or the unmistakable orange hue of a pumpkin bucket. Shopkeeps, waiters, and bartenders alike hand them little sweets, toys, or baked goods. The kids run back to their parents, patiently waiting on the darkened street, and dart off again in search of great treasure.

Dressed up for Dia de los Muertos.

Like many, my experience of Mexico had been superficial: a visit to Cancun for vacation, a week spent in college building homes in Tijuana. Working for a company like Materials Marketing has given me the opportunity to come and experience the quieter side of Mexico I had no idea existed. Our factory in Huichapan has only existed for a few decades, but the traditions there have been present in this land for hundreds of years. Some 15 odd carvers all stand together and are able to hand carve fireplaces, chess pieces, columns, and everything else our clients require. Their knowledge is often passed down from generation to generation. There is no manual.

Tequisquiapan and our Mexican colleagues who live there comprise a huge portion of our company culture. They make possible the dreams and plans of the architects, designers, and homeowners we work with on a daily basis. We hope you’ll join us there one day.