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Based in Boston, MA USA, Viva Oaxaca features handcrafts from central Mexico, homeland for some of the country's most talented artisans. Their beautiful work, a product of imagination and skill, continues traditions that go back to Spanish colonial times. Order online or call 617-983-5075.

Some of This Month's New Arrivals

A Tin Heart Collection, box of 10
A Tin Heart Collection, box of 10
Boxed collection of ten different tin heart plaques made by tinsmiths in Oaxaca
SIZE: Hearts range from 3 to 6 inches tall
Added: 07-16-2014
SKU: TN-2_071
$34.95
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Skull with Butterflies, #2
Skull with Butterflies, #2
Mexican Pottery Sculpture by Tomás Hdz. Baez
SIZE: 6.5 inches long by 5.5 inches tall.
Added: 02-07-2014
SKU: D-4_17
$175.00
Quantity
Fish #2, 8 inches
Fish #2, 8 inches
Oaxacan carving by Irvin Ramirez
Size: 8 inches long
Added: 10-03-2013
SKU: WD-4_06
$69.00
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Fish #1, 10 inches
Fish #1, 10 inches
Oaxacan carving by Irvin Ramirez
SIZE: 10 inches long
Added: 10-03-2013
SKU: WD-4_05
$79.00
Quantity

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PUEBLA, MX - Watch the view for a tour of the entertaining street food vendors during Puebla's Independence Day festivities. Are you hungry? Will you have cemitas, chalupas, or both?

View the Viva Oaxaca YouTube channel, and enjoy our collection of videos from Oaxaca and Puebla. Highlights include films of Oaxaca's Good Friday religious procession, a look at chocolate grinding at Mayordomo, Easter night fireworks, and clips of the roving street musicians. Olé!

News

New Artwork From Blas Family!

We have an order of wood carvings just in from Alebrijes Blas, the family of artisans living in the village of San Pedro Cajonos, in the mountainous region of northern Oaxaca state. We have a variety of carvings, including insects, dragons and snails, alebrijes, butterflies and Cupacabres. We have also recently received a collection of tin figures by Conrado Villegas. He makes particularly fine tin heart plaques, hand-tooled from unusually thin sheets of tin, and painted with meticulous detail to design. On order are more bat and rabbit carvings by Lauro Ramirez and some big-eared rabbits from Arsenio Morales. Look for these things to be on the website by mid-November.

I've been trying for many weeks to get an order out of Tribus Mixes woodcarvers, but they have not been cooperating . . . outside of saying "Yes, yes. Will be ready next week!" I will be going down to Oaxaca in person sometime in October. Will see what I can wrangle out of them then.

Our Mexican Art Styles

Oaxacan Woodcarvings

Hand-carved and hand-painted carvings are the most sought-after folk art in Mexico. They are one-of-a-kind and signed by the artists. Read our promotional flyer for more details.

Hand-Tooled Mexican Tin

Lightweight and gleaming, tinwork is one of Mexico's most colorful crafts. Read our promotional flyer for more details.

Mexican Pottery Candelabras

Trees of Life, menorahs and skeleton candlesticks from Izucar de Matamoros are an inspiring art form that can be traced back to pre-Columbian days. Read our in-depth narrative to learn more about the potters of Matamoros. For a good historical context, read excerpts from the book "Ceramic Trees of Life." Wanna Go? Enjoy this  travelogue  about touring Izucar de Matamoros with Phil Saviano.

Oaxacan Hot Chocolate

It's a traditional Mexican treat, and our website is one of the few places in the U. S. where you can buy it. We carry the two most popular brands, La Soledad and Mayordomo. Watch our video below, and learn more about the history of chocolate in Mexican culture.

Mexico's Fine Artesanía

Based in Boston, MA USA, Viva Oaxaca features handcrafts from the Oaxaca and Puebla states of Mexico.

This part of central Mexico is the homeland for some of the country’s most talented craftsmen. Their beautiful work is the product of imagination, flair, and skill, a blend of European and indigenous techniques, and a tradition that goes back to the Aztecs.

We buy the majority of our products directly from the artists in the villages. Whenever possible, we avoid the middleman so the compensation goes directly to the gifted, hard-working craftsmen who make these wonderful things.

The most sought-after folk art in Mexico are the woodcarvings from Oaxaca (pronounced woh-HAH-ka). You will note that they are hand-carved, hand-painted and one-of-a-kind objects. We currently have in stock 210 of them.

Also from Oaxaca is the tin art. These, too, are hand-tooled and hand-painted, but they are available in multiple copies. We have 246 individual designs for you to choose from, including the web’s biggest collection of tin hearts.

Welcome to Viva Oaxaca! From the carvings to the candelabras to the chocolate, we hope you will enjoy browsing our site.