|• Alcalde||José María Dimas Castellanos Hernández|
|• Total||96.41 sq mi (249.69 km2)|
|Elevation||2,460 ft (750 m)|
|• Density||640/sq mi (246/km2)|
The clay is extracted and prepared locally. The clay work includes the "miniatures", which are small representations of daily scenes as lived by Salvadorans, no bigger than 2 inches tall. The Town is also home for second division soccer team El Roble.
One version of the miniatures are the "surprises", which are basically a scene covered with another piece of clay shaped and painted in the form of a fruit, an egg, a house or other things. The cover can be removed and then the scene can be seen.
The actual origin and meaning of its name is unknown, most of the proposed names are nahuatl, such as: Xilohuako (Place of Dry Young-Corn), Xilotlaxko (Place of Young-Corn Tortilla), Xilotazoko (Place of Young-Corn Clay). A document found on december of 1859 affirms that the name is native and it means "Golden Thread" but origin of this word is unknown.
- Ilobasco Official Web Site by: Jose D.Castaneda – Learn more about the history of San Miguel de Xilobasco.
- Pictures from the city of Ilobasco
- Google Satellite View of Ilobasco
- Ilobasco Ceramic Capital of the World by: Misha Romero – Featuring the shops and artists of Ilobasco, Cabañas, El Salvador.
- El Salvador News
- Encyclopædia Britannica http://www.britannica.com/bps/topic/283164/Ilobasco