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Exploring Local Artisan Handicrafts in Puerto Escondido

by Andrea Titzer



We love Puerto Escondido for its natural beauty, its beaches, its laid-back coastal lifestyle. We love the immersive experience Puerto Escondido offers and we love the thriving artisan community in Puerto. It is no surprise that there is a quality offering of local artisan handicrafts in Puerto Escondido. Oaxaca state is one of the few areas in Mexico that has a legacy of uninterrupted artisanry passed down through the generations. Many of the crafts come from the tradition of ancestral crafts or pieces that have been used in everyday life for centuries.

From traditional handicrafts to more modern artisan work, you’ll find an array of stunning handmade crafts that are deeply rooted in Mexican heritage. In this article, we’ll take you on a journey through some of the exceptional local handicrafts that make Puerto Escondido a hub of artistic expression and creativity.

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Red Clay Pottery

With over 70 different pottery communities in the state of Oaxaca, it is one of the most diverse states in Mexico. Puerto Escondido is renowned for its exquisite red clay pottery. A direct, vibrant reflection of the color of the earth surrounding the town, the red clay is a result of high iron deposits in the soil from ancient volcanic activity and from having been the Pacific Ocean floor at some point.

Artisans craft these beautiful pieces using traditional techniques that have been passed down through generations. The rich, earthy tones of the red clay provide the perfect canvas for intricate designs and patterns. You’ll find an array of pottery items in pottery workshops and stores. From the traditional red clay pottery of coffee cups, mezcal cups, vases, dishes, and decorative figurines, each showcasing the artistry and skill of the local craftsmen. You’ll also find red clay, hand-crafted, sun-baked tile to finish and decorate your home, with floor and wall tiles.


Talavera Tiles

Talavera tiles are a distinctive form of ceramic tile that originate from the city of Puebla in Mexico. These tiles are known for their intricate patterns, vivid colors, and historical significance. The process of making Talavera tiles is a traditional and labor-intensive craft that has been passed down through generations. Several artisans continue the tradition of hand-made talavera tiles in Puerto Escondido. You’ll see their crafts in quality arts and crafts stores around town.


Locally Woven Textiles

The local artisan handicrafts in Puerto Escondido include textiles and come in a range of colors. Local weavers create an array of textiles using natural dyes and a range of materials, including cotton and wool. The colors you’ll encounter are a reflection of the vibrant culture of Oaxaca, with bright hues such as reds, blues, and yellows dominating the color palette. But not only. There are also signature pastels. These textiles are often used to make traditional blankets and bedspreads, tablecloths, curtains, clothing and decorative items, adding a touch of Oaxacan charm to your home.

Look into the textile shop, Mantelería Santo Domingo on Avenida Alfonso Pérez Gasga. You can visit the looms while articles are being woven.



You’ll find a large selection of embroidered items, some of them locally woven. Traditional embroidered designs can be found on huipiles (blouses) and other traditional clothing.



Alebrijes are fantastical, colorful wooden sculptures that have become synonymous with Mexican folk art. These intricate carvings depict different creatures, often blending elements of various animals and mythical beings. The vibrant and imaginative color schemes make alebrijes truly eye-catching. Local artisans use a combination of carving and painting techniques to bring these animals to life. Each alebrije is a unique work of art that showcases the creativity and craftsmanship of the region.


Woven Baskets and Rugs

Woven baskets and rugs are practical and visually appealing handicrafts that are commonly found in Puerto Escondido. Artisans skillfully create these items using natural materials such as palm leaves and agave fibers. Hammocks, swinging chairs and lounge chairs are made with local weaving patterns. The patterns and colors used in these creations reflect the local landscape and traditions. Baskets serve a variety of purposes, from storage to market shopping, while the rugs add warmth and natural color and texture to homes. 


Silver jewelry

A profound reflection of Mexican craftsmanship, you’ll find many silver artisans in Puerto. Each artisan has unique, hand-crafted pieces. Check out some exclusive designs from Puerto Escondido designer, Cristina Fragapane on Instagram @cf999designs.


As you explore the local markets and artisan workshops in Puerto Escondido, you’ll have the opportunity to see the incredible craftsmanship that goes into creating these art pieces. You may even meet the talented artisans themselves, who are often happy to share their techniques and stories.

Check out the local Benito Juarez market. You’ll find several shops on the Adoquin offering a large selection of hand-made crafts from cotton bedspreads, cushions, lamps, bags, clay pieces, jewelry, and more local artisan handicrafts in Puerto Escondido.


These local artisan handicrafts in Puerto Escondido not only make for unique and meaningful souvenirs but also provide a deeper connection to the rich cultural heritage of Puerto and Oaxaca. So, make sure to immerse yourself in the colors, textures, and traditions of Puerto Escondido’s local arts and crafts scene, and take home a piece of this vibrant culture with you.

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