The Casa Mejicú is one of the City’s leading artisan shops. They work with artisans and crafts workshops in practically the entire country. The store offers everything from affordable gifts and traditional craft-ware. But they up the ante considerably into high-end decorative items, unique arts, and clothing and jewelry that’s not found anywhere else.
The shop began in Oaxaca in 1922. The family of Juana Hernández and Juan Nepomuceno Jiménez began a simple pottery workshop that quickly expanded into all kinds of ceramics.
The family moved to Mexico City in about 1947. They set up shop at 94 República de Guatemala, just northeast of the Cathedral. They began distributing artisan works from ceramics artists in Guanajuato, Chiapas, and Michoacán. By the 1970s, they were selling works from nearly all 32 states, much of it on consignment.
But the business, which came to be known as the Bodegas Oaxaca, was too big for the city center. They purchased the Coyoacán property and re-opened the business there soon after.
Casa Mejicú takes its newer name from the Zapotec language. It simply means “Casa Mexico.” The store still maintains strong relations with the workshops in Oaxaca, and today all over the country. Artisan goods are recognized by the people of Mexico as an important part of the culture to which all Mexicans, and visitors, have a guaranteed and protected right.
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