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Maragogipinho is considered the largest ceramic pole for handicrafts in Latin America

 04/04/2021 | Posted by: Ramon Andrade
Ceramic pieces produced in Olaria de Maragogipinho - Photo: Visit Brazil
Ceramic pieces produced in Olaria de Maragogipinho - Photo: Visit Brazil

It is from this community that the main and beautiful pieces of ceramics that maintain the tradition of the centuries-old Feira de Caxixis in the city of Nazaré-Ba come from, which always happens from Holy Thursday. The Caxixis Fair is one of the largest open-air ceramics exhibitions in Latin America. 

With hundreds of potteries in full operation, the district of Maragogipinho is considered the largest ceramic pole in Latin America. Located about 220k from Salvador, it is a true hidden historical heritage. With a tradition that has passed for more than 300 years and potters, as the artisans who manufacture the pieces are called, learn the craft from an early age, in an art that is passed on from father to son. Its production of ceramics still preserves the old tools, which makes the work of the community's artisans even more valuable, for which many generations have already been formed by molding the clay.

Maragogipinho is a village, district of Aratuípe-Ba, deliciously peaceful and has beautiful natural attractions. The locality is characterized by a welcoming beauty with its simple and modest houses and cobbled streets. It is located on the edge of the Maragogipinho River that will flow into the Jaguaripe River.

With more than two thousand inhabitants, almost 80% of the population involved in the handicraft production chain, Maragogipinho, still maintains its potteries with very rustic facilities of indigenous origin. Some of them have bamboo walls or thatch-covered poles and are spread over several narrow aisles in the village.
(See a video demonstration on the production of ceramic pieces, at the end of this article)

It is from this community that the main and beautiful ceramic pieces come out that maintain the tradition of the centuries-old Feira de Caxixis in the city of Nazaré-Ba that always happens from Holy Thursday. The Caxixis Fair is one of the largest exhibitions of popular open-air ceramics in Latin America and it is said that its origin is over three hundred years old.

It all started when a potter from Maragogipinho sailed down the Jaguaripe River with a canoe full of ceramic objects and even sold all the products he carried. With the success of
sales, he started exhibiting his pieces on the banks of the river every year and taking more and more potters. It was from there that the Feira de Caxixis emerged.

Products manufactured in Maragogipinho are guaranteed to be present at local fairs, in popular markets in Salvador, and are even sold in the southeastern states and exported to Europe. The ceramic pieces from Maragogipinho followed the growth of the market, but even so, they still retain their true indigenous roots today.

Wood oven where the ceramics are placed to dry:
Wood oven

Among his numerous pieces produced are: dolls, sacred images, animals, sandals, pig-shaped safes, pots, lamps and various other household items made from clay,
clay and straw that enchant tourists who travel through Bahia.

Tens of thousands of utilitarian and decorative pieces are produced monthly, with varying shapes and sizes and impressively worked, which are supplied to restaurants, hotels and inns, as well as to craft stores scattered throughout Brazil.

2019 Caxixis Fair

Aerial image of the 2019 Caxixis Fair in Nazare

The traditional Feira de Caxixis 2019, held in the city of Nazaré, in Bahia's Recôncavo, as in all years, attracted tens of thousands of visitors during Holy Week. This year's event repeated the same success as last year, bringing together music and the sale of ceramic handicrafts and started on 19/04 Friday, ending on Sunday, 21/04. Entrance to the event as always was completely free.

The musical program for this year's party included musical performances from attractions such as: Gabriel Diniz, Yasmin Santos, Lincoln and Duas Measurements, Dayane Felix, Diego Moraes, Daniel Vieira, Olodum, Nenho, Denny Denan, Sem Retoque, Lá Furia, Parangolé and Bandana.

The modernization and beauty of the Caxixis Fair in recent years, very well implemented by Mayor Eunice Peixoto, uniting great musical shows to the handicrafts fair, has attracted a large number of national, as well as international, tourists every year. With the new format in the exhibition of the pieces in the tents in the form of stairs, it offers better visualization, as well as, more comfort to those who wish to acquire these beautiful products.

The Caxixis Fair in 2019 had more than 300 stalls, where the main highlight is the typical handicrafts with numerous pieces carved in clay (clay). Most of the objects on display for sale at the fair are produced at the potteries in Maragogipinho.

Soon, wait for a special story about the Caxixis Fair!

If you want to buy some of these ceramic pieces, the 'Visit Brazil' portal makes available in your virtual store www.loja.visiteobrasil.com.br or if you prefer Click here.

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By: Ramon Andrade
Salvador BA
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Facade of Pottery in Maragogipinho - Photo: Associação dos Oleiros
Facade of Pottery in Maragogipinho - Photo: Associação dos Oleiros
Fair of the Caxixis 2019
Fair of the Caxixis 2019
Interior of the Pottery in Maragogipinho
Interior of the Pottery in Maragogipinho
Parts in the Interior of the Pottery in Maragogipinho
Raw pieces inside the pottery in Maragogipinho
Pieces produced in the Interior of the Pottery in Maragogipinho
Raw Parts Storage in the Interior of the Pottery in Maragogipinho
Pieces produced in the Interior of the Pottery in Maragogipinho
Pottery Oven in Maragogipinho
Pottery Oven in Maragogipinho
2019 Caxixis Fair - Photo: PMN
2019 Caxixis Fair - Photo: PMN
2019 Caxixis Fair - Photo: PMN
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Fair of the Caxixis 2019
Fair of the Caxixis 2019
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