IRONWORK

The main ironwork found in and around mercados consists of fireplace accessories, garden furniture, window grating, and wrought-iron balcony railings. Especially in Colima and Puebla you might also find items designed for the curious Mexican institution of charrerĂ­a. In charrerĂ­a individuals dress for certain festive occasions in the most showy, ostentatious, pseudo-cowboy costumes imaginable. A minor ironwork industry supplies charro costumes with excessively ornate spurs, stirrups, buttons, and gun-handle leaves.