Mexican folk art has a long and rich history. For over 3,000 years, the Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacán, Toltec, and Aztec ruled over the lands and peoples of what is now Mexico. Craft production such as weaving, wood carving, and pottery flourished during this time. Indigenous groups fabricated objects for daily use as well as ceremonial occasions. Beginning in 1521, Mexico became a Spanish colony.