Mujeres Artesanas de las Regiones de Oaxaca (MARO) • Arts & Crafts • (A)
MARO is an artesanas cooperative of over 400 women offering the complete range of Oaxacan arts and crafts. Prices here are usually lower than other stalls and shops offering items of similar quality. How is this possible? By forming a cooperative and creating an outlet to sell directly to the customer, the middlemen’s cut is recouped and passed along to the artisan as a better rate per item sold and the customer as lowers prices. The cooperative occupies a two-story building with thirty rooms all stacked to the ceiling with the artisans' wares circling an inner courtyard. Because they offer a comprehensive range of goods, this is a good place one-stop shop if you do not have the time or inclination to visit the villages in the valley where the goods are made and many deals are to be found and opportunities abound to buy from the producers direct.
- Cinco de Mayo 204, half-block north of Morelos; North of Independencia, Centro Histórico; daily 10 am - 8 pm; phone/fax 951-516-0670; firstname.lastname@example.org.
La Mano Mágica • Arts & Crafts • (B)
La Mano Mágica is Oaxaca's leading arts and crafts shop, offering an extensive selection of original gallery quality works by shop co-owner and renowned weaver Arnulfo Mendoza, as well as other top and emerging artesanos from throughout México. Prices here are high, but so is the quality.
- Alcalá 203, north of Morelos; North of Independencia, Centro Histórico; Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 3 pm, 4 pm - 8 pm; phone/fax 951-516-4275; www.lamanomagica.com; email@example.com.
Casa de las Artesanías de Oaxaca • Arts & Crafts • (C)
Artesanos cooperative of several dozen families and craft organizations from throughout the state of Oaxaca selling the full range of Oaxacan arts and crafts. The store consists of several rooms surrounding a center patio each featuring a different craft, so it's a good place to get an overview of what Oaxaca has to offer. The quality here varies, so be a discerning shopper.
- Matamoros 105, just east of García Vigil; North of Independencia, Centro Histórico; Mon - Sat 9 am - 9 pm, Sun 10 am - 6 pm; phone 951-516-5062; www.casadelasartesanias.com.mx; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mercado de Artesanías • Arts & Crafts, Market • (D)
This large clean indoor crafts market was setup by the city so that street vendors would have a permanent place to sell their handicrafts. Unfortunately for both sellers and shoppers it's outside of the main tourist haunts immediately around the Zócalo and north of Independencia, so an effort must be made to get here to shop and business appears to be slow because of it. Still, it's a pleasant place to shop and there are quality handicrafts to be found here (though poor quality as well) so it's worth the 10 minute walk from the Zócalo. The stalls here feature mostly ropa típica: huipiles, camisas, blusas, and pantalones and some other traditional crafts like: alebrijes, tinwork, and tapetes. Don't be afraid to haggle over price - it's expected.
- Corner of J.P. García & Zaragoza; South of Independencia, Centro Histórico; daily.
Instituto Oaxaqueño de las Artesanías • Arts & Crafts • (K)
Located in a restored colonial house at the southern end of the remnants of the colonial aqueduct, this State-run shop sells a nice selection of arts and crafts from the region.
- García Vigil 809, just north of Cosijopí; North of Iglesia de Santo Domingo, Centro Histórico; Mon - Fri 9 am - 8 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 10 am - 1 pm; phone 951-514-4030, 951-514-0861.