San José de Cusmapa is a mountainous town surrounded by pine forests. Here, a group of women came up with an idea to take advantage of the pine needles that abound in the surroundings. Nowadays, beautiful, uncommon handicrafts and attractive utensils are made by these women using these needles.
The process to create the objects is simple but it requires quite some manual skills. First, clusters of dry needles are collected in the area of San José de Cusmapa. Next the longest and thinnest needles are selected and tied together using a thread. And these then form the material used to created beautiful objects including (fruit) baskets, trays, boxes, vases, napkin rings, and other ornamental creations.
When visiting San José de Cusmapa it is possible to visit the houses where then women create their pine needle crafts and converse with them about this initiative that started a little over a decade ago.
Another option is to visit the "Pinos Fabretinos de Cusmapa” which is a larger shop where a pieces from a variety of women is being sold. The shop is managed by a local cooperative of the artisans, including 54 people from the village and other places nearby.
Ordering tailor-made crafts or large quantities is also possible through the cooperative.
This shop/workshop is located 2½ blocks south of the town's hall.