Artisan Day in Oaxaca

Photo: Angela Mendoza (shown here at the Pochote Market, now located on Calle Marcos Pérez #217) 7 Day Challenge = Retos para 7 Días 1. Join the event on Facebook. Tag yourself. Who are your artesano friends on Facebook?=Etiquétate. ¿Quiénes son tus amigos artesanos en Facebook? 2. Learn the name of a beloved craft in a local Indigenous …

Where to Buy Folk Art in Oaxaca City

Photo: Ron Mader, Ayuuk Ceramic (available at La Cosecha, Alcalá #806 Arte popular has no finer home than Oaxaca City. Whether you are seeking jewelry, woven rugs, shawls, ceramics or elaborate wooden figures, the famous alebrijes, you could be overwhelmed by the variety and quality of local crafts. Our suggestion – take your time, check out …

Crafting Our Future

Photo: Ron Mader, Arial Playas’ Carved Salmon We ask whether it’s time to engage artesanos and fans alike via the social web. This topic is explored in depth in the Slideshare presentation Crafting Our Future (Fabricando Nuestro Futuro). Background Buying from locals assists local economic development. Shopping has great entertainment value and tourists love souvenirs, …

New Address for Oaxaca’s Pochote Xochimilco Market

Photo: Pochote Xochimilco, Facebook Oaxaca City – Breaking news from Oaxaca’s Pochote Xochimilco Proyecto Agroecologico y Artesanal. Starting today (Friday, January 13), the market opens its doors at a new location: Calle Marcos Pérez #217, Colonia Centro (between Crespo y Joaquin Amaro). Google Map We have a long relationship with our friends (vendors and clients) at the …

Markets

Markets are as old as the crossroads. They are a mashup of conversations and commerce embedded in the 360 degree, face-to-face exchange. The best markets are a combination of tasting rooms and empathy museums. The best markets are the epitome of responsible travel — good places to live and good places to visit. Locals have …

Crafting our future with folkart

Photo: RM, Arial Playas, Pink Fish Alebrije Let’s test out a theory – if buying from locals assists local economic development, then buying from local artisans, crafts people, makers of whatever bolsters the culture, creates new pathways. Shopping has great entertainment value and tourists love souvenirs, the reminders of a place where you are not. …

Buying Crafts in Oaxaca

Photo: Ron Mader, Arial Playas’ Carved Salmon Collectors seeking traditional black pottery or painted wooden figures can arrange visits to the homes and workshops of the artisans. Here’s our guide to the featured crafts from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. CRAFT-MAKING TOWNS San Agustin Etla – With two paper-making workshops in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca …

Oaxaca

Photo: Ron Mader, UNESCO Oaxaca There are changes afoot in ‘Tierra del Sol,’ this southern Mexican state blessed with mountains, verdant valleys and a beautiful coast on the Pacific Ocean. Tip: Oaxaca is pronounced ‘wa-HA-ka’ Buzzword Bingo (Words you should know and that are fun to know) Acompañamiento – Agua (Water) – Aguamiel – Apaztle …