Saturday, November 27, 2010

Location Profiles: Culture y Commerce

This is the second in a series of Folk Art Everywhere "location profiles" of our myriad Folk Art locations! This profile focuses on "Culture y Commerce," a description that speaks for itself. Read on...

La Casa del Mariachi

On E. 1st St. in Boyle Heights, right between the 10 and 101 freeways, lies a wonderful store that makes and sells beautiful mariachi garments and accessories traditional in Mexico and throughout Latin America. La Casa del Mariachi (“The House of the Mariachi”) provides an array of hand-crafted mariachi clothing, including charro suits, sombreros, bows and buttons. They also provide professional embroidering as well as custom-made suits and dresses to your liking. The detail, embroidering, and colors on these stunning pieces will, without a doubt, mesmerize.

“Mariachi” refers to the musical style whose roots date all the way back to the colonial period in Mexico. Most of the garments in the store are typical of not only the contemporary mariachi musician, but the traditional one as well.

Whether you’re looking to purchase or rent professional, original, and authentic Mexican and Latin American attire, or just curious about mariachi, La Casa will satisfy your mariachi needs!

La Casa del Mariachi
1836 E 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323.262.5243
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5:30pm
Sunday: 11am – 2:30pm
Closed Monday

Nahuí Ohlín

Nahuí Ohlín, a store in Echo Park, celebrates indigenous cultures, primarily Native American, through arts and crafts. The name of the store, "Nahuí Ohlín", which means “Four Movement” in Nahuatl, was chosen to honor ancestral wisdom and history; four is a sacred number expressing movement: the Four Directions, Four Elements, Four Seasons, and Four Major nations on this continent – the Inca, Maya, Mexikah, and Kahokia. The store sells books on indigenous literature, history and revolutionary movements in Central America and Mexikoh, as well as Alpaka hats, t-shirts, jewelry, incense, and other hand crafted items.

Don’t forget to check out the music section as well, which houses musica folclorica, music written and utilized for political purposes, and important speeches by historical social and political figures in the Americas.

Nahuí Ohlín embodies a passionate Indigenous movement that advocates cultural representation in Echo Park. Check it out and indulge yourself in the variety of cultural goods, history, information, and wisdom that Nahuí Ohlín has to offer.

Nahuí Ohlín

1511 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone: 213.909.5406
Daily: 10am – last customer