Today the Jarcieria
el Arte Oaxaqueño has closed its doors, but the owner
is alive and trying to stay well.
In my estimation, El Arte Oaxaqueño was one of the
best small stores in the world because of the owner's attention
and passion. Don Nico was born in Yalalag in the Sierra Juarez
and came to Oaxaca City as a young child. Certainly on my Top10
list of things to do in Oaxaca includes visiting Don Nico.
During times of great inconsistency, Don Nico has been a beacon
for campesinos and visitors. His was not the first folkart store
in Oaxaca, but it is the store that has survived the longest.
The doors are closing to this establishment as the owner tends
to own health. His grandson - Chucho - is opening a new puesto
in the Mercado Benito Juarez.I hope this can motivate those
in Oaxaca to take the time to visit the artisans and friends
of the artisans.
I've been thinking even more about hangouts and periscope and
how they can be used by locals to share. I'm also re-watching
Sunday's conversation with Don Nico. In my view, Nicodemus is
one of Mexico's true heroes. In developing and selling folk
art (artesanias) he was the bridge between rural farmers (campesinos)
and the visitors - other Mexicans and foreigners. Watch and
welcome on my blog