Oaxaca's Tourist Guide
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Handicrafts

Introduction

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Popular art of Oaxaca constitutes one of the main tourist attractions because of its richness, quality, variety, and prices. The manifestations and creativeness of its handicraft traditions are quite varied and are present throughout the state. There are six thousand mestizo communities and sixteen ethnic groups here, which include more than fifteen-hundred artisans that, aided by their artistic talent and imagination, and respect for traditional mediums and techniques represent a source of cultural possibilities limited only by their own sensibility. Their inspiration comes from everyday life, thus, Oaxacan handicrafts fulfil their mission: producing some items for practical means, and others for decorative purposes only. But, both are indivisibly connected to their artisans spirit, creating unique pieces, similar, but never the same.

Oaxacan handicrafts are not mass-produced; therefore, much time is employed perfecting hand-made products with patience and mysticism. The variety and beauty of its handicrafts is richer and more comprehensive than any other in Mexico is. It includes tannery, leatherwork, tin ware, pottery, stonework, and jewellery, among others. It is outstanding for the tourist demand of cotton textiles, wool tapestries, as well as artefacts made of black clay, which is typical and representative of Oaxaca.



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