An artisan school that was erected several decades ago in Valle de Ángeles has led to numerous handicraft shops in the surrounding streets, though most of the items sold here are produced in other parts of the country. The exception is the goods here are made of the assortment of precious metals, such as gold, silver, copper, tin, lead, and zinc, that were long extracted from area mines.
Locally made silver earrings and matching necklaces, gold rings, silver-plated mirrors, or picture frames are good buys and quite cheap compared to what you would spend in the U.S. or Europe. With the downturn of the mines, these items are not as plentiful or of as good quality as they once were.
Most of the shops sell more or less the same array of goods and none are particularly noteworthy. There are few specialty shops. Most sell some leather goods that come from mountain areas in the western part of the country, Lenca pottery from the Gracias area, junco straw mats from outside of Santa Bárbara, classic and contemporary paintings and prints from artists from Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, and wood carvings from the North Coast.
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