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Buying Crafts at Oaxaca City's 2008 Easter Markets
by Ron Mader

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Oaxaca City hosts a spectacular collection of temporary markets featuring local crafts during Holy Week, signaling a strong return of tourism in 2008.


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The 2008 Easter market focuses on indigenous artisans takes place at the Plazuela de Carmen Alto on the south side of the Carmen Alto Church. Crafts from various parts of Oaxaca are for sale. Artisans are participating from Santa Maria Huazolotitlán, San Pedro Amuzgos, San Andres Chicahuxtla, San Sebastian Rio Hondo Miahuatlan, Santa María Atzompa, Teotitlán del Valle and Oaxaca City.

Other markets have sprung up around town, including the church yard of La Compañia , the plaza in front of San Francisco Church and inside Fundación Bustamante Vasconcelos.

BACKGROUND

Oaxaca is synonymous with Mexican folk art. Arte popular has no finer home than Oaxaca City.

During holidays, temporary markets spring up throughout Mexico. Visitors may think these markets are open all year long. It comes as a surprise to many that during low season the plazas and streets are empty of the temporary markets.

Planeta.com has covered the Easter Markets in 2007 and 2006. This documentation followed the guidelines outlined in the Oaxaca Market Project -- take only photos with permission and give print copies to the subjects. This year the documentation expands to video.

UPDATES

Planeta.com uses market visits to update our directories of artisans in various villages and guidelines on Buying Crafts in Oaxaca City


AUTHOR

Ron Mader is the responsible travel correspondent for Transitions Abroad and host of the award-winning Planeta.com website.


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