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    Market near Ponchon: Market

    by dila Written Jul 30, 2008

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    I didnot know there was a food market close to the Hostel Ponchon untill i did the cooking lesson. Here we bought the ingredients for the cooking and on the other side of the market there is a shop you can buy the tortillas.

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    Estetica: Hairdresser

    by dila Written Jul 30, 2008

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    I dont know the name.
    I didnot had any time to go to a hairdresser at home so i really needed to cut my hair.
    Dont expect to much from it although i like my hair after it. washing your hair is by a small bucket with water. but tha price was 60 pesos and my hair was oke. It is close to my hostal Ponchon. They dont speak english so probably if you speak spanish you hair will be good.

    What to pay: 60 pesos for female with long hair

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    Art in Alebrijes, Arrazola: fantastical animals

    by rambling_rose Written Jan 27, 2008

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    For a interesting variety of alebrijes (painted wooden animals), go to the village of Arrazola outside Oaxaca city. Many tours from Oaxaca will include a visit here.

    Highly recommended is the house of Claudio Ojeda Morales and Terasa Gonzalez-Marin. Beautifully made and intricately painted, they're not cheap, but for the quality they are very good value. Buy something similar in the shops in Oaxaca and you'd certainly pay more.

    What to buy: The figures vary from small fish and porcupine to enormous peacocks.

    What to pay: I paid 100 pesos for a small fish.

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    Amate Books: buy your English books here

    by leigh767 Written Jan 14, 2008

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    this is a well-stocked English bookstore that has anything from coffee-table magazines to books about Oaxaca and and Mexican culture to books by contemporary American and English writers. Grab a book here if you forgot to bring one on your trip, and find a coffee shop to sit down nearby to Zocalo to soak in the atmosphere of the city!

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    Chocolate Mayordomo: Oaxacan Chocolate

    by leigh767 Written Jan 14, 2008

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    this chainstore is famous for its Oaxaca chocolate and pans you can have your chocolate is made to order on the spot. Alternatively you can buy the ready packaged assortment of chocolate. A few types of mole are also sold here.

    What to pay: everything is reasonably priced. there is no bargaining

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    MARO: fabulous textiles and clothes

    by susiemargare Written Aug 11, 2007

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    unfortunately, i cannot remember what the initials of this shop stand for. i believe the first two words are mujeres artesanias ("women artisans"). this is either an association or a cooperative of women craft workers. i bought several beautiful skirts here. each woman has a different stall.

    What to pay: prices are very reasonable for the quality of the goods.

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    mercado des artesanias, local #26: great shop for woven goods

    by susiemargare Updated Aug 11, 2007

    this market as a whole has items from the nearby villages. in stall #26, i bought a beautiful blue wool rug made with natural dyes by the bautista family.

    What to pay: prices are reasonable for the quality of the items.

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    Street sellers: Nighttime in the Zocalo

    by TheWanderingCamel Written Sep 27, 2006

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    What to buy: How could you resist buying flowers from this woman. Her quiet dignity was wonderful, and her little posies of red roses or sweet-scented gardenias were only a dollar. We bought one every evening and our hotel room was all the more pleasant for that.

    The children selling small items - Chiclets, purses and other embroidered small items (made in Guatamala) , etc, were somewhat less dignified but they were good-humoured and the glasses case on a neck cord that I bought for a couple of dollars served me well for years - I wish I'd bought one a night of those too - I'd still have a store set by.

    A posy each night

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    Craft and gift shops, markets, etc, everywhere: Masterly weaving

    by TheWanderingCamel Written Sep 27, 2006

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    What to buy: The villages of the Central Valles of Oaxaca are particularly noted for the fine weaving done there by men and women and you will find a huge variety of work available for sale - from eye-catching (if not down right gaudy) tourist-oriented pieces to rugs and other pieces that will cost you far more but are really masterly works of art. The town of Teotitlan near Oaxaca is particularly noted for the weaving done there, and Oaxaca itself has some very good shops selling woven goods. Particularly worth looking out for is the MARO co-operative on 5 de Mayo which sells all sorts of work done by local craftswomen, including their weaving. There was another small weaving co-operative outlet selling village Indian women's work at the far end of Plazuela Labastida, up the hill near the Iglesia de Santo Domingo.

    Traditionally in Mexico, women weave on a backstrap loom whilst men work on a foot-operated treadle loom. The backstrap loom was in use long before the arrival of the Spanish and whilst the weaver can produce wonderfully complex work on it to any length, the piece can only be as wide as the weaver's arm - though narrow pieces can be joined together to create a wider finished item.

    If you are a purist about these things, you will want to buy something made with traditional natural dyes , such as cochineal (deep red), indigo (deep blue), onion skins ( yellows and greeny-golds), wild walnut shells (dark brown) and alder bark (orangey tones). Bright colours are usually synthetic chemical dyes - the difference is quite easily apparent once you really start to look.

    What to pay: Prices vary enormously. Quality - natural dyes, individual designs, etc - will cost, $100s and up - and up. Pieces that are mass-produced for the tourist trade will cost as little as $20 - and even that can be negotiable.

    Men's work Cochineal and indigo - expensive Chemical dyes - cheap
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    Doña Rosa's Shop: Black Pottery in San Bartolo Coyotepec

    by Marie-France Written Feb 8, 2006

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    If you're with a group you'll be able to get a demonstration of the process here. Very interesting. The special clay is found only in this region, and the family turns the pieces with only a manually-operated wheel.

    The glossy shine comes from rubbing the dried clay with a chunck of quartz! The baking process then turns the pottery black.

    What to buy: Go wild!

    Note: The items are for decorative purposes only. You cannot use the jars or pots for cooking or storing liquids.

    What to pay: The pieces are well priced, starting around $2 for a small animal or box.

    Black Pottery

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    Bug in the Rug: Hand-weaved carpets (tapetes)

    by Marie-France Written Feb 7, 2006

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    As part of a tour, I got a demonstration on how carpets are handweaved and dyed using natural pigments. This is an extremely intensive process, starting with the raw wool which they have to wash and spin into thread, before dying it with some natural dyes from pre-colonial times, then weaving it with a foot-operated loom!

    What to buy: The carpets are thick and very colourful, some in traditional patterns, while others are reproductions of paintings.

    What to pay: This is not the place to go if you want a cheap souvenir.

    A 95 cms by 56 cms carpet goes for about $150. Larger ones for $300 and higher.

    Beautiful Carpets

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    ''Wandering shop'': Señor Craftsman

    by Enzyme_X Written Jun 30, 2005

    This señor is a craftsman that makes all the handicraft himself. And then goes to town and tries to sell it to the people, specially tourist who want to buy a souvenir from Mexico.

    What to buy: He was selling one very interesting thing (you can see it around his neck). It's made of leather. You put one side on somebodys finger and he is trapped. He can pull as hard he can, but the ''trap'' holds only stronger. As you hold the other part, the victim will follow you wherever you may go.

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    M.A.R.O: Shoppers paradise

    by Vikingvicki Written Apr 5, 2005

    An absolute goldmine.
    This is a large shop which is a co-operative of Oaxacan craftswoman. So you can find all the different types of crafts from the area inone place ( great if you're doing last minute shopping, or can't be bothered to go to all the local markets). I spent a small fortune ( well, actually not that much, when you convert it to pounds & I went twice). You can brows through the place, there are lots of hidden rooms with clothes, trinkets, pottery etc. and what I liked best ( this will show me off as a REAL northern European) is that you can walk around and the shop assistants don't try to sell you anything, they are there to help you but you are left in peace to browse.

    What to buy: My money went on fab 3-d kitschy day of the dead stuff, jewellry, lots of nice silver jewellry to be had ( mainly in other shops thoug). But there are fabulous local clothes & pottery & materials too.

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