Category Archives: Oaxacan Culture

A look into Oaxacan Culture through the eyes of El Interior.

Offerenda, La Labrada Ceremony

Dearest Friends, I am filled with deep gratitude for the abundant generosity that you displayed with your contributions to Grandmother Julieta’s compromiso, as they call it in Oaxaca, her promise of responsibility. We raised $1805 dollars to help Grandmother Julieta, she was thrilled; THANK YOU, THANK YOU! A big shout out to The Center for […]

Oaxaca Group Tour: February 2016

After Marcia Lucas’ buying trip for our store, she invited guests to go on a tour with her around the beautiful state of Oaxaca Mexico for a week of fun. Below are some wonderful photos before and during the group’s tour from January 29 – February 6, 2016. Read the small captions below the photos […]

Grandmother Julieta Casimiro Fiesta Patronal for El Senor de los Tres Caidas

For Friends of El Interior, An Update on Grandmother Julieta Casimiro. Many of you attended a reception we had at El Interior in the Fall of 2014, with Grandmother Julieta Casimiro, of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. She visited me in my home and came and did a limpia or energetic clearing in the store with copal […]

Travel to Oaxaca, Mexico: Information & Tips

Are you planning to travel to Oaxaca, Mexico? Oaxaca is one of our favorite states to travel in Mexico, not just because of the beauty and diversity, but to also meet amazingly talented Mexican artists! Here are some tips and info on Oaxaca from us at El Interior to better prepare you for your trip. 1) […]

Highlights from Our 2015 Holiday Celebration

Oaxacan dance troupe

Thank you to all the people who attended our 2015 Holiday Celebration! It was so delightful to meet and greet so many of our friends who have supported El Interior over the 35 years we’ve been here in Austin. A special thanks goes out to Edgar Yepez of Oaxaca, arte en movimiento, his dance troupe, […]

Paris Designer Wants to Copyright Mixe Design

I was stunned when I heard that Paris designer, Isabel Marant, is trying to copyright a traditional indigenous Mixe blouse design for her own fashion line. How could anyone think they have the rights to a blouse design that has been passed down from Mother to daughter for so many generations? To read more about […]

Isidoro Cruz: Master Carver from Oaxaca

Isidoro Cruz is a master wood-carver from San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca. He is also the father of Nayeli Cruz, who followed in her father’s tradition and married fellow wood-carving artist, Gaspar Calvo Fabian. Isidoro started carving at a young age, making masks for local carnivals. He continues to make masks, as well as all sorts […]

Josefina Aguilar: Master Clay Artist

Josefina Aguilar - Artist Update

Update: Josefina Aguilar is now blind, as of 2014. Read more about how she continues to create folk art, despite her disability, here: Josefina Aguilar – Artist Update Josefina Aguilar of Oaxaca, Mexico, is perhaps one of the most collectable folk artists today. Josefina’s skill was noticed when she was quite young, and by the time […]

Guillermina Aguilar: Master Clay Artist

Guillermina Aguilar, the eldest of the four famous Aguilar sisters, was born in Ocotlan de Morelos, Oaxaca. Inspired by her fertile imagination, her ceramic repertoire is rich. In the beginning, she created figures of ducks, hens and bulls, and later turned to more complicated female figures in highly detailed costumes, down to their dangling earrings. […]

Reynaldo Santiago: Artisan Woodcarver

Arrazola, La Union Tejalapan, and San Martan Tilcajete are all known for their wood-carvers, yet La Union is by far the prettiest, as well as the most remote. A collection of adobe houses sparingly dot the hillside, separated by milpas (corn and bean fields). Nestled in foothills of the Oaxaca valley, La Union is culturally […]

Angélica Vásquez Cruz: Master Potter from Oaxaca

Angélica Vásquez Cruz at work in her studio.   Master Potter from Oaxaca Angélica Vásquez Cruz is a Master Potter from Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico. She is the sister of Enedina Vasquez, both of whom began working with clay at a young age. Angélica does not actually paint her work, but instead developed a process using […]