Located just off the main square in La Crucecita, Huatulco you’ll find the Museum of Oaxacan art, a shop that offers amazing authentic pieces. This includes everything from hand carved masks to intricately woven rugs made on location.
As soon as you enter the shop, it’s a feast for the eyes. Brightly colored, handcrafted and painted ‘creatures’ known as Alebrije or “winged dreams” will greet you.
A man named Manuel Jimenez is credited as being the founder and – according to the plaque beneath them – typically they have “wings, 4 or more horns, two bulging eyes and outstretched arms”.
Based on that description, you may be thinking, “pass”. But these elaborate works of art will take your breath away when you see them in person. They come in all shapes and sizes, from five feet wide to ones that fit in the palm of your hand.
In addition to the Aebrije, this shop offers up some phenomenal hand carved masks known as Huave masks. These pieces come from San Mateo del Mar, a town located in southwestern Mexico. According to the plaque, a man name Felix Martinez Molina and his family have been making these masks for over 25 years!
In the past, these masks were used during rituals and festivals in Huave culture. Typically today you will see these masks make an appearance during the Corpus Christi, a catholic festival celebrated once a year.
These masks make for great souvenirs and are a perfect way to take home a little piece of Mexico.
These traditional clay creations are locally known as “Barro Negro” and date back several centuries. They make excellent souvenirs as each piece is hand sculpted and truly unique.
The Museum of Oaxacan art has dedicated a whole back room to this amazing art form. Each piece is handmade at the shop; in fact, before you even enter the boutique you will be greeted by Lorenzo Hernendez at his workstation. For complete details on Lorenzo and his Tapestries, click here.
Also offered is a wall devoted to beautiful, traditional, Mexican textiles. These articles of clothing have an impressive amount of detail and come in a variety of colors.
These pieces are typically sold with the sides left open so the buyer can have it individually altered. If the sides of the garment are sewn shut, the piece is used, so you may be able to strike up a deal.
If you find yourself in La Crucecita, check out the Museum of Oaxacan art. The amazing variety of traditional art will surely result in you leaving with more than you came in with.