We source the La Lotería handcrafted tile set from Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico. In fact, the small town just outside of the historic San Miguel de Allende is one of the strongholds of Primavera clay making. Clay Imports stocks this handmade tiles in Austin, Texas
What's La Lotería?
Did you know that the iconic Mexican game Lotería has its origins in Europe? Spanish colonists introduced this game to the New World. Lotería is often referred to as “Mexican Bingo” and is indeed similar to American Bingo. However, Lotería generally is more visually and intellectually engaging than the American Bingo game. In Lotería, the announcer gives an improvised short poem or familiar phrase alluding to the image on the card. Each player uses a chip, often a pinto bean, to mark the corresponding spot on his or her "tabla". The first player to appropriately fill the tabla in a predefined pattern will shout “Lotería!” to win the game and receive the prize!
Read more about the History of La Lotería by Teresa Villegas.
Clay Imports hosts Loteria Nights for you and your friends at the studio, contact us to learn more!
Visit the Tile Workshop in Dolores Hidalgo
Clay tile making is a fascinating craft. If you want to learn more about the craftsmanship, and rich history of Mexican clay tiles, reach out to us. The charming town of Dolores Hidalgo is nestled in Mexico’s central highland and Clay Imports will take you on a tour! In fact, Dolores is famous for its outstanding handmade ceramics industry and is also historically important. Here, Father Hidalgo uttered his famous cry for the independence of Mexico, the "Grito". Additionally, the enchanting city San Miguel Allende is just around the corner. Finally, check out our YouTube Channel where we feature snippets from last visits.