While traditional Mexican handicrafts never lose their appeal in my mind, new designers are using traditional methods to create a new Mexican modern look that are claiming space within my heart.
Three México City stores stood out at highlighting this fresh approach.
Onora Casa features chic and sleek items for the home. Black Oaxaca pottery takes a dramatic turn in the shapes of a naturalistic heart, an armadillo whistle, and streamlined tableware. A tree of life in stark white was sober and would be statement-making against a colored or dark wall. Sadly it was too big and fragile to take home, but a more easily transported woven trashcan did return to the US. The oft seen basket was made fresh by its pink #19S embroidery commemorating the date of the destructive earthquake that shook the city a few years back. Proceeds from the sale of this item go to an earthquake fund. Other memorable items were adorable baby huipils, pink trays, colorful hammocks, and rain masks.
Lago DF included clothing alongside homewares. Many wonderful clothing designers are producing fresh designs inspired by traditional indigenous clothing. Yakampot (see above) was a personal favorite. This line featured linen dresses full in volume with nice details of large ruffles or tight pleating. Wooden trays were lined with bold huichol designs. Upstairs shelves held softly colored glassware and pillows.
Ikal had the largest selection of clothing. Very chic outfits filled the racks in the back of the store. They too carried my favorite Yakampot along with Daniela Millan, Mosicuss, Alma and so many more. Interesting jewelry and sunglasses lay artfully on branches. The front of the store featured sleek tableware, soaps, chocolate, and linens.
Fruit juice in México provides a perfect afternoon pick up post-shopping.
All three of these stores were located in Polanco where everyone was beautiful and well-dressed. After all that shopping one can treat themselves to refreshing fruit juice at Ojo de Agua. My twenty-one year old daughter was my travel partner on this adventure. She learned of this gem from Instagram, of course. Although we have juice stores in the states, they don’t compare to Ojo de Agua. The fruit in México is so fragrant and flavorful. To me, the country pulses with rich flavors, bright colors, and heavenly sounds. I never want to leave and can’t wait to return. Hasta pronto México.
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