Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Casa de los
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Not far from the aristocratic city of
is a Colonial town with a strong indigenous flavor called Patzcuaro. This
town, established in the 1320s, is known for its craftsmanship and the
beautiful items the local artisans of the area make.
One of the not-to-be-missed tourist sites
is the Casa de los Once (OWN-say) Patios.
Entranceway into the Casa de los 11
In the mid-1700s these buildings housed
the Catholic nuns of the area and it was called the Convent of St.
These days, the old convent is full of
shops and galleries and is an interesting place to explore.
More buildings with a walkway in the
selling copper, linen, woodwork, jewelry, hand paintings, metal works,
candles and handmade guitars fill these shops.
Artists come from various towns around
the area, work in this cooperative and sell their goods.
Santa Clara del Cobre known for its
copperware, Tzurumutaro is famous for its handcrafted iron patio furniture,
Tzintzuntzan for its ceramics, and Puacuaro for its weavings.
Earthenware patio with fountain quarry
The 11 Patios are a very convenient way
to see artisans at work across a variety of skills. Prices are considered to
be reasonable, but you could probably get items cheaper if you visited their
However, if you did so, you would need to pay for transportation to the
village, perhaps a hotel room for the night and most likely a meal or two.
So unless you are looking for an adventure, this might be your better choice
A wider view of the artisan area
Recent renovations have taken the
original 11 patios down to the current five. But these five patios are
filled with items such as musical instruments, lacquer ware, hand-painted
ceramics, and textiles.
Mexican lacquerware is one of the
country’s oldest crafts.
Before the Spanish arrived, the
indigenous used a greasy substance from insect larvae and/or oil from the
chia seed. These were mixed with powdered minerals to create protective
coatings and decorative designs.
At this time, it was
mostly applied to dried gourds, especially to make the cups from which
Mesoamerican nobility drank chocolate.
After the Conquest, the
Spanish had native craftsmen apply the technique to European style furniture
and other items like boxes and plates.
A local artisan painting a design on a
Beautifully hand painted plates, trays
and boxes are popular items to bring home from a trip to Patzcuaro.
An old pedal-driven European weaving
an old pedal loom found all over the country of Mexico. Before the Europeans
brought this style of loom to the New World, natives used a backstrap loom.
From the main patio looking out
If you are looking for a beautiful hand
crafted item to take home from your trip to Mexico, Patzcuaro's Casa de los
Once Patios is a good place to browse. The earrings, bracelets, plates or a
piece of copperware will be a visual reminder of this lovely and ancient
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