National Geographic : 1953 Mar
(3 Nationalgeographicc Siociety + Uruapan Lacquers Owe Their Quality to a Lowly Plant Louse Famed lacquer of Uruapan covers gourds and woods. Men scratch designs in the original coat; women laboriously rub colors into the grooves with their thumbs. Secretions of the tiny aje, a parasite on plants, make the finish hard and waterproof. " Bright Sands Pressed into Tile Lend Color to Mexican Architecture Tile craftsmen preserve many of the symbols and designs prized by Indian tribes of bygone days. Mexico uses many of these colorful slabs to decorate hotels, motor courts, and patios. Mexico City's House of Tiles is an example in the Moorish-Spanish style.