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“Great place to support local artists!”

Instituto Oaxaqueno de las Artesanias
Ranked #35 of 101 things to do in Oaxaca
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Reviewed 29 December 2017

Every time we come to Oaxaca we visit ARIPO. Last week for Christmas, they had a big competition for Nativity scenes and there were some amazing ones, the best being wood carvings of a Nativity scene all on motorcycles. No pictures allowed, though. The rest of ARIPO is composed of rooms around a central courtyard with many things to buy from all the artist communities of Oaxaca, including Teotitlan del Valle, San Martin and San Bartolo. A nice place to come and shop.

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Reviewed 17 December 2017

This is a government institute that works with artisans from the state of Oaxaca. It sponsors concursos (judged competitions) in different types of crafts/themes and provides a market place.
On view and for sale are representative, high quality crafts from Institute members from many regions of the state: textiles-both back strap woven clothing/huipils and more contemporary styles, and table loom wool rugs; pottery; tin work; ceramics; and some jewelry. Prices may be a little higher than some of the crafts cooperatives, but it's good to get an overview and the building itself is interesting. Credit cards are accepted and there is a bathroom for customers.
The store is in an inviting part of town. Walking along this section of Calle Garcia Vigil offers a lovely view of the mountains to the north. Just a short walk beyond Aripo is the area of Los Arquitos, an aqueduct that the Spanish built to bring water into the city from San Felipe del Agua. Opposite is the plaza de la Cruz de Piedra, a staging point for many cultural activities like calendas during holiday seasons. The artist Francisco Toledo has a house in the area.

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Reviewed 1 November 2017

If you will have a fast overview about the local art which come out of a lot of small villages in the the big valleys of Oaxaca and you don't like to enter the market places of the city or all this villages outside here is your chance to see it all in one place. This is not an institute it is a typical place to sell local art. I feel it is a bit expensive like all this places where tourists come.

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Reviewed 7 May 2017

textiles, pottery, painted wooden animals in a handful of individual shops plus a gift shop. There were few other visitors the day we went there at lunch time.

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Reviewed 18 April 2017

Like other shops in town, this store onlysells authenticated crafts and textiles from the area. Beautiful sculptures, but mainly textiles.

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