In 2012 this delightful folk art store opened its doors, offering a huge variety of handcrafts from central México. The colorful items, from floor to ceiling, invite you to enter and fall victim to its charms; the handmade “catrinas” of paper maché welcome you from the floor and the star-shaped lamps above light your way.

Julie, the store’s owner, told us that all of the products are from other states of México, including Guanajuato, Oaxaca, Jalisco, Hidalgo, and more. Something special is that she personally goes in the search of new articles for the store; yes, that’s right, she personally shops for all the wonderful things that you will find in the store. She spends part of the year travelling around México to find wonderful new things and to meet all the master artisans that created them. This is why you will not find any textiles with “punto de cruz” or “guayaberas” in her store, but you will find “tenangos” textiles made by Otomíes women, red and golden “milagros” (heart shaped ornaments), brass stars with glass, “alebrijes”, “papel picado” (cut paper banners), and more.

Part of the charm is that no product is the same as any other. Because they are all handmade, even though two articles can seem similar, they will never be the same, each one is unique. Anything you buy is one of a kind. Wonderful!

When you visit the store, don’t hesitate to ask for the story behind the article you choose, about its origin and the family that made it. Julie will be able to tell you all about it, and you will be thrilled to know its story. If you want own a quality, colorful and unique Mexican piece of folk art, ¡El Estudio! is the place to go.

Paseo de Montejo #486 x 41 y 43, Centro
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