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San Antonio Arrazola

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Address: Oaxaca, Mexico
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Where to Original "Alebrijes"

Although the wood folk carvings, or "Alebrijes," are sold in Oaxaca, a taxi or bike ride to Arrazola is worth the effort. Visit the workshop of Manuel Jiménez, one of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 November 2016
Erik W
Palo Alto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Although the wood folk carvings, or "Alebrijes," are sold in Oaxaca, a taxi or bike ride to Arrazola is worth the effort. Visit the workshop of Manuel Jiménez, one of the originators of the Alebrije. The shop is now run by his son, Isaías and other family members. The shop includes a museum dedicated to Manuel and the evolution of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Many years ago I went to San Antonio Arrazola when Manuel Jimenez Ramirez was alive. Meeting at his home, we purchased a coyote that has been very much enjoyed through the years. It was signed Manuel Jimenez, Angelico Jimenez, and Isaias Jimenez. Then, it was a sleepy village without electricity. After that purchase, we saw a sign and went to... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016

I was keen to get out of Oaxaca to less what the less developed towns were like and this provided that. It was about 25 minutes by taxi (who then took us on to Zaachile and back to Oaxaca - we simply found someone in town and negotiated a good overall fare). Good to see the local artisans and it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

If you like alejibres- the fantastical wood carved animals of Oaxaca - this is one of the two towns where they are made. In a couple of blocks, you can visit a dozen shops and even the carvers' homes to see thousands of carvings, from little ones for less than a dollar to elaborate works of art selling for hundreds... More 

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Santa Fe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2015

Arrazola is a short distance from Oaxaca City, and a must stop for those interested in the art/artisan tradition of this region. Manuel Jimenez (now deceased) started carving wood figurines decades ago and his sons still carry on the tradition, as well as hundreds of other talented carvers. I am proud to own one of Manuel's carvings but believe that... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

Went here on a tour, i was not impressed by the place they took me, it was just a gift store to buy alebrijes on a VERY fat price, i wouldn't really go back here

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oaxaca, oaxaca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

Living here in Oaxaca, I take many friends to places around the valley. After taking many people to San Martin Tijete to see alebrijes, one asked to visit Arrazola. We visited only the main street and saw great things. Pepe Santiago's shop is along here. I highly reccomend that you start your shopping here. The designs are fresh and well... More 

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Midland, MI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013

We had the honor of visiting Armando Jimenez, his wife and son in their studio. They were gracious hosts, even inscribing a children's book that features their wood carvings, a gift for our granddaughter. We also visited another studio run by a lady carver who had many large and fantastic pieces on display. She informed us of some serious health... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2013

A great town to find the Oaxacan carved animals in many, many shops, at good prices, and made by the people who sell them. The Jimenezes now have both a little museum and a gallery in their home, where Manuel was one of the inventors of the carvings.

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Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2012

You can find alebrijes everywhere in Oaxaca, as for artisans, well I've seen carve wood even in downtown Oaxaca, you can go to Mitla and you can see craftspeople working on alebrijes in their workshops, this place in not really special, I felt it is just a tourist trap, a place where you only go to purchase alebrijes (animal/monster carvings)... More 

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