Pachones in Mexico City

A few months ago I wrote a post about Mexican Woven Palm Rain Capes, a millenary design that since the introduction of synthetic materials has become a craft and product on the verge of extinction.

Consequently finding where to purchase a Michoacan “Capote de Plumas”, or Pueblan “Capisallo” has become virtually impossible.

Until recently when I came across some “Pachones” for sale at Jarcieria “El Baratero” in Mexico City.

The “Pachones” come from the State of Hidalgo and are made with the same weave as the “Capisallo” from Northern Puebla.

For anyone wishing to buy one of the few remaining palm rain capes in the world, without venturing to the remotest villages in Mexico, visit Jarcieria “El Baratero” in the central Mexico City.

Jarcieria “El Baratero” is very accessible and is located only a few blocks from the Central Zocalo, on Calle Jesús María No.134 (on the corner with Calle Regina).


2 Comments on “Pachones in Mexico City”

  1. Hello. Your blog is great. I want to make a rain cape. Should it be woven dry or fresh? Where do I find instructions on how to make one? No info in any of my survival guides. Any tips would be great! Reverse engineering from photos isn’t always easy!

    • huaracheblog says:

      Thanks. It should be woven fresh so the leaves don’t crack. I have never seen a rain cape being woven, but in the Merida town of Bekal they weave all their Panama hats fresh and in caves dug under their backyards to keep the palm leaf from drying.

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