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The Wonders of Oaxaca | Marcia Lucas | El Interior | Austin American Statesman

The owner of El Interior, Marcia Lucas, has been doing business for almost fourty years, traveling personally to Mexico and Guatemala and building relationships with the crafters and artisans whose wares she purchases. There is no middleman or corporate entity involved—Marcia buys directly from the individuals responsible for so many of our clothing, folk art, textiles, and other imports. Your purchases from El Interior are directly supporting the sustainable lifestyle of the folk artists who create them. We trade fairly!

Marcia has a deep passion and commitment toward supporting the cultures of Indigenous Mesoamerican—Mexico and Guatemala. Her goal is to share her knowledge of its people and educate about their traditional customs and cultural values. El Interior promotes sustainability by buying the beautiful and lovingly created products that artisans have handmade in their homes and workshops. Our aspiration is to present these unique pieces to a wider, global audience. Indigenous Mesoamerican culture is one that lives life from the heart and empowers deep connection with their families, communities, and Mother Earth. Marcia strives to provide the highest quality of goods filled with beauty, and to serve El Interior’s customers in the very best way she can.

El Interior is one of Austin’s oldest and most established shops for Mexican clothing and folk art. We carry a wide range of women’s clothing (blouses, huipiles, skirts, and dresses from Mexico and Guatemala), men’s Guayabera shirts, colorful textiles, oilcloth, and folk art such as the famous Oaxaca Black pottery and green Michoacán pottery. Figural ceramics by the Aguilar family, along with wood carvings, tin wall art, Taxco silver jewelry, Colonial-style silver jewelry, and home accessories are all part of our inventory. Since 1979, we’ve offered the highest quality of craftsmanship and customer service in our convenient West Austin location, all personally collected by owner Marcia Lucas from folk artists and artisans throughout Mexico and Guatemala. Since Lucas began the business, her mission has been to promote sustainability for the Indigenous people of Mexico with fair trade practices that allow them to continue their lifelong traditions by bringing their beautiful products to a wider audience.