When you arrive at the workshop we will introduce you to our world, where the “tonas and nahuales” live; animals with spirit, carved and decorated with motifs represented in our Zapotec calendar . We will guide you from start to finish through a journey that covers each of the stages of elaboration of our pieces, explaining in detail how a log of wood can become a work of art. You will have the opportunity to witness up close the processes carried out by the artisans that make up our different areas.
The tour consists of the following: first, we will talk about our projects and the vision of the workshop. Then, you will go through a demonstration where you will see how we obtain the natural dyes with which we decorate the pieces. We use insects, plants, seeds, fruits and other natural elements to make the colors. We will tell you about our sacred copal tree, from whose wood we use to create the tonas, and we will tell you which animal is your protector according to the Zapotec calendar.
Afterwards, you will learn about the process of elaboration of the pieces: carving, resining and decoration. We will also show you our various innovation projects, such as our line of contemporary jewelry, local clay pottery, and our bio-conservation project. You will finish in the gallery where you can appreciate our current exhibition and acquire, if you wish, a finished piece.
Since its beginnings, the Jacobo & María Ángeles Workshop has always kept its doors open to the public, promoting inclusion and diversity among our collaborators and visitors. For us, it is a pleasure to share with you all a little of our worldview, techniques and processes. The tour has no cost: the idea is that you get to know the elaboration process, the effort and love we put into each work.
Enjoy your visit, paint and decorate your nahual.
Take home your spiritual guide!
Hours of operation:
Monday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Last tour 5:15 pm.
If you arrive later you can go directly to the gallery.
Spanish and English.
45 minutes to 1 hour.
We are pet friendly,
we only ask that your pet is leashed
If we are full house you may have to wait a few minutes
while a guide is available.
Schedule your visit
Phone and whatsapp:
From the interior of the republic (951) 113 1963 and from USA: +52 (951) 113 1963
Cjon. del Olvido 9, 71506
San Martín Tilcajete, Oax.
951 524 90 27 ext.4
Monday – Sunday
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
We open the 365 days of the year