OAXACA: A FOLK ART PARADISE
Arden Aibel Rothstein & Anya Leah Rothstein, Authors
Adapted from Mexican Folk Art from Oaxacan Artist Families, Schiffer Books, 2007
A trip to Oaxaca in southeastern Mexico is an experience you will never forget! Its people are warm and welcoming, its climate temperate, its cuisine stupendous, its outstanding colonial architecture designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, its archaeological treasures fascinating, its eco-tourism possibilities endless, and its contemporary arts scene flourishing.
For us, best of all is the region’s folk art. Oaxaca is truly a folk art paradise. Visitors will find the most extraordinary spectrum of crafts in all of Mexico – many within a small geographical radius and at remarkably reasonable prices. We feature nine classes of folk art produced in Oaxaca City and the pueblos that immediately surround it. See the Folk Art section of FOFA’s website for more detailed information.
Be sure to visit artist families in their home studios in the pueblos.
ENJOY A GREAT OVERVIEW OF THE REGION’S FOLK ARTS
A great overview of the region’s folk arts can be enjoyed at Museo Estatal de Arte Popular Oaxaca (the State Museum of Oaxacan Popular Art) – MEAPO – in San Bartolo Coyotepec, the northernmost pueblo on the craft-rich southern route from Oaxaca City. When you reach San Bartolo Coyotepec, look for the museum sign and make a quick right turn off the main road. MEAPO’s shop also sells excellent examples of folk art.
MEAPO WEBSITE & VIDEOS