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
Agustin Etla - With two paper-making workshops in San
Agustin Etla, Oaxaca may be witnessing the birth of a cottage industry.
Ana del Valle - Tour this market town 34 kilometers EAST of
Oaxaca City. The town has a museum with various archaeological objects
as well as examples of weaving techniques and natural dyes.
Del Valle - Make sure you make time to visit this village
which specializes in rug weaving. Hundreds of weavers open their
workshops to the public.
Bartolo Coyotepec - The town is famous for its black pottery.
Visit the new museum of popular art and the white market on the
west side of the highway.
Martin Tilcajete - Family homes and workshops producing
the famous wooden figures are spread out troughout town.
La Union Tejalapam - Known for its production of alebrijes,
this town boasts a great landscape for biking! Getting there from
Oaxaca City: Head north and past the town of Brenamiel but before
the start of the new highway (nueva carretera), take a
left where there's a sign post for San Lorenzo Cacaotepec.
San Antonino Castillo Velasco - Located near
de Morelos, this town produces embroidered dresses using silk
and cotton in a detailed fashion that requires several months to
Antonio Arrazola - This is the cradle of the wooden figures