People don’t usually come to Mexico City specifically for the shopping – in fact, Mexicans tend to cross the border to the US to pick up branded goods. Nevertheless, travelers more often than not leave laden down with bags of traditional, handcrafted garments. From the classic huipil, a ubiquitous piece of clothing in Mexico and Guatemala, to Huichol beaded products, there are any number of ‘traditional’ styles of clothing to choose from, but here are the top seven places you’ll definitely want to check out.
One of the most reliable places to buy handcrafted, genuine artisanal products in Mexico is FONART. While the majority of handicrafts are sold on street stalls and in roaming tianguis, this chain of stores brings together various different styles of folk art and traditional clothing from a variety of indigenous communities, before selling them at fixed prices in government owned stores. While the prices are non-negotiable, the quality is assured, plus you can rest safe in the knowledge that you’re helping promote the survival of these dying traditions.
Paseo de la Reforma 116, Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5546 7163
A popular Mexican export is the Pineda Covalin brand. With boutiques all across the world – from Mexico to Chile, the US to Colombia, and even Lebanon, they take inspiration from traditional Mexican fashion and repurpose it on more modern designs, all while working in partnership with artists, craftspeople and institutions to do so. For bold patterns and reliably quality products, Pineda Covalin makes a great option if you’re on the hunt for traditional styles.
Calle Isabel la Católica 30, Centro, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5510 4421
Rather strangely sharing an address with the aforementioned Pineda Covalin, Fábrica Social is one of the city’s best boutiques offering handcrafted, established designs. Mixing commercial trends with traditional techniques and patterns, they operate on a fair trade philosophy, bringing together Mexican women to both learn new craft basics and continue developing their own textile skills. Overall, they work with eight distinct Mexican communities to produce the products which can be bought in their two Mexico City branches (the second branch is in La Roma).