Oaxaca Shopping, Artisans, Arrazola Wood Carvers
In Oaxaca Each village has a special market day where hand made works of art come from the villages for sale
Zaachila Market, Thursday (combine a visit to this market with a visit to the carving village of Arrazola and the 16 Th Century monastery at Cuilapan de Guerrero)
Tlacolula Market, Sunday (combine this with a visit to the ruin sites of Dainzu, Yagul, Lambityeco and Mitla)
Mitla Market, Daily, Fabric vendors dealing in cotton (option)Teotitlan del Valle, Wool rugs
Etla Market, Wednesday Ville de Etla, (combine this with a visit to the ruin site of San Jose el Mogote)
Ocotlan, Friday: Clay figures, woven baskets a specialty (Combine this with a visit to the studio and home of painter Rodolfo Morelos and the black pottery village of San Bartolo Coyotepec)
Teotitlan del Valle, Wool rugs ( Include a visit to the 16 th Century church of Tlacochahuaya nearby)
Oaxaca City, Organic Market at Pochote Garden, Friday and Saturday
Oaxaca City, huge outdoor market, Saturday, Abastos Market (optional visit to Atzompa village of potters)
Local artisans sell at a shop on Garcia Vigil, a street going north of the Zocalo where Oaxacan Artesenias place their work in a cooperative shop.
Wood carvers in Arrazola
shopping in the Artisan Village of Arrazola outside of Oaxaca City offers Wood Carving of colorful animals and fantastic creatures. You can visit one of the 70 family's that work in their homes and you can watch the artisans work on their hand made works of art
Oaxaca Market Days
Other carvings come to Oaxaca's Street Markets on the
pedestrian only streets in the city
The best of the carvings come to High end artisan gallery shops in Oaxaca City
After school the young members of the family will add their specialty to the carving
How to Get to Arrazola:
From Oaxaca City take the second class bus at the Centro station four blocks south of the zocalo (not the Second Class Central Station)
Get off at the crossroads to the town of Arrazola (five miles) and take a crossroads collectivo to the center of the town
Taxi from anywhere in the city $12.00 US
Collectivo from the station for collectivos near the Abastos Market south of the zocalo. These collective taxis make trips to all the villages south and west of the city. The back seat is the best to avoid being crowded.
Group Tours out of Oaxaca city usually cover the town of Arrazola, the 16 th Century convent of Cuilapan, and the Market day at Zaachila on Thursday
Private car out of Oaxaca City head towards Xoxocotlan to the south of the City, after Xoxocotlan watch for the turnoff for Arrazola on your right side.
Visit the carver's home and watch the carving take shape
Further south on Route 175, the road past the airport towards the town of Ocotlan de Morelos, the carving village of San Martin Tilcajete is on your right.
Oaxaca Artisan Villages: Pottery Santa Maria Atzompa, San Bartolo Coyotepec
Weaving, Wool Rugs: Teotitlan del Valle, Santa Ana del Valle, Cotton Mitla, Xaaga
Wood Carving: San Antonio Arrazola, San Martin Tilcajete