Announcement    Norma Schafer, Oaxaca Cultural Navigator, personally selects the highest quality indigenous vintage clothing, silver jewelry, folk art, textiles, weavings, and naturally dyed rugs from Mexico and the Americas. I buy each item as if it were to become part of my own personal collection based on its beauty, design, and quality of workmanship. We invite you to visit our blog and website: http://oaxacaculture.com -- featured in the New York Times travel section. We are a resource for all things Oaxaca, and offer study tours, workshops and retreats. Popular programs include Women's Creative Writing and Yoga Retreat, Textile and Weaving Study Tours, Cultural Textile Excursions to Chiapas, Oaxaca's Costa Chica, Michoacan, Tenancingo Rebozos, Taxco Spratling Silver Jewelry, Mexico City Art History Tour--Looking for Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. We welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions. Saludos, Norma

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Last updated on Aug 4, 2017

Norma Schafer, Oaxaca Cultural Navigator, personally selects the highest quality indigenous vintage clothing, silver jewelry, folk art, textiles, weavings, and naturally dyed rugs from Mexico and the Americas. I buy each item as if it were to become part of my own personal collection based on its beauty, design, and quality of workmanship. We invite you to visit our blog and website: http://oaxacaculture.com -- featured in the New York Times travel section. We are a resource for all things Oaxaca, and offer study tours, workshops and retreats. Popular programs include Women's Creative Writing and Yoga Retreat, Textile and Weaving Study Tours, Cultural Textile Excursions to Chiapas, Oaxaca's Costa Chica, Michoacan, Tenancingo Rebozos, Taxco Spratling Silver Jewelry, Mexico City Art History Tour--Looking for Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. We welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions. Saludos, Norma

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About oaxacaculture

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On Etsy since 2008

Sharing the Culture, Art and Artisanry of Mexico

In 2005, during my first visit to Oaxaca, I met a talented indigenous Zapotec family of weavers who work only with natural dyes and are committed to sustainable development. Once a weaver in San Francisco and always a textile collector, I fell in love with them, their work, the culture and community of artists and artisans in villages throughout the state. I returned six months after that first visit and regularly after that. I got family members 10 year visas and brought them to the U.S. for gallery and university presentations. I created Oaxaca Cultural Navigator to realize my dream about how to bring more people to Oaxaca to appreciate the resourcefulness and talent of Mexican people, their folk art, crafts, history and artisanry. My background as a university educator and developer of university continuing education programs led me to organize arts workshops in Oaxaca: weaving, natural dyeing, women's creative writing and yoga retreats, Day of the Dead Photography Expeditions, and more. As an artist and collector of textiles, ceramics, jewelry, and all things beautiful and hand-made, my collection grew. With Etsy, I have the opportunity to share what I love with others.

Shop members

  • Norma Schafer

    Owner, Curator, A One-Woman Enterprise

    Artist-entrepreneur-photographer, Norma Schafer operates Oaxaca Cultural Navigator LLC and Shop Mexico since 2006, and was an award-winning senior-level university administrator for over 30 years. She lives in Oaxaca and North Carolina.

Production partners

  • Edward J. Smet

    Laguna Beach, CA

    Artisan craftsman

  • Flora Maria

    Guadalajara, Mexico

    handmade jewelry designer

  • Francisca Cooperative

    Chiapas, Mexico

    Francisca and her family cooperative are master embroiderers

  • Gemstones India

    Delhi, India

    Purchased at an artisans market

  • Gemstones San Cristobal

    Chiapas, Mexico

    Maker of fine semi-precious stone jewelry

  • Las Sanjuaneras Women's Cooperative

    Oaxaca, Mexico

    A small group of 16 members in a remote, moutainous Oaxaca village

  • Quest Judaica

    NY, United States

    They design and produce fine Judaica art

  • Rafael Rodriguez

    Mexico City, Mexico

    Painter and studio artist, maker of exvoto reproductions

  • Rosario Oaxaca

    Oaxaca, Mexico

    A small women's cooperative that makes embroidered clothing

  • San Mateo del Mar Women's Cooperative

    Oaxaca, Mexico

    This is a group of hand weavers using the back strap based in the small fishing village of San Mateo del Mar, Oaxaca, Mexico, on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

  • Tenido a Mano

    Oaxaca, Mexico

    They dye their own wool using native plant materials.

  • Xochistlahuaca Women's Cooperative

    Mexico

    I support this women's cooperative by making their hand-woven pieces available to you.

  • Zlatarnica Slasnovic

    Slovenia

    Fine jeweler, Opatija, Slovenia

Shop policies

Last updated on June 7, 2013
Hello, and thank you for shopping with Oaxaca Culture. We strive to offer you the very finest, highest quality handmade art from Oaxaca, Mexico. Every rug is made from 100% hand-spun wool that is naturally dyed and woven on a two-harness pedal loom by a member of the Chavez Santiago Family weavers. I also offer, on a selected basis, hand carved and painted wood figures, called alebrijes, that I personally select from the artisans who created them, as well as other textiles and articles of clothing that exhibit the quality and define the culture of this region. Please note that every item is made by hand -- and falls into the category of Folk Art. Textiles that are handwoven on back-strap looms and hand embroidered, or rugs woven on pedal looms, may have slight imperfections and skips in the weaving process or patterning. Hand-painted figures, while excellent, will also exhibit minor imperfections. Please examine the photos carefully, as they will usually show the detail for you.

If you see a design you like, but the size is not featured, we are happy to take custom orders (for colors and patterns). Custom orders require 6-8 weeks to complete and a 50% deposit.

We accept returns for exchange for another item only and do not offer refunds. Thank you for shopping with us.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
We are able to accept returns for exchange only when the merchandise is in perfect condition. We ask the buyer to contact us first to discuss the situation and receive authorization. Buyer is responsible for all return shipping charges. See our website for instructions about how to clean and care for naturally dyed wool rugs.
Payment
I am happy to accept PayPal. I have found this method to be easy and hassle-free. Please complete your payment as soon as you make the purchase. Thank you.
Shipping
Shipping and insurance is an additional cost, and depends upon location. I will ship within 48 hours after payment is received, to the U.S. and Canada only. Buyer is responsible for any customs charges.
Additional policies and FAQs
We are happy to consider requests for wholesale purchases based upon quantity orders. Please contact me directly to discuss this.