El Dorado Imports has for 20+ years created a very successful wholesale business now headquartered in Jalisco, Mexico. We work mostly with families and indigenous groups throughout the country who have been creating these traditional products for generations. We have visited their Talleres and established our relationships based on honesty, good working conditions, quality product control and their ability to fulfill orders in a timely manner.
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It all started during his first trip to Mexico City more than 25 years ago. Dennis visited the National Museum of Anthropology in Chapultepec Park which proved to be a revelation of a whole new world to him. The pre-Columbian artwork, Aztec, Maya, Olmec style and culture caught his imagination. He soon began reading and intensely studying the history and art of Pre-Columbian Mexico and the Spanish Conquest. He also began visiting many of the Mesoamerican archaeological sites including the magnificent Teotihuacan, Cholula and Malinalco. Having the idea of obtaining replicas of the art he saw at the museums, Dennis began inquiring in the small villages around these important sites. After a few days and many dead ends, he came upon Humberto, an artist of the highest quality. Buying a few pieces from him, Dennis began an important relationship that exists to this day. Dennis has also discovered other top quality artists in Mexico City, Taxco, Guanajuato, Guadalajara, Tonala, Tlaquepaque and many other towns and villages throughout Mexico. In 1998, at the dawn of the internet, Dennis started his website www.mexarte.com. Through this he has met many collectors and aficionados of this art and has commissioned for them many custom pieces with his artists. The website has expanded into more traditional Mexican arts and crafts to more than 50 categories of products direct from Mexico. For many years Dennis had a retail store/warehouse in California Importing 53 truck container loads of pottery, home decor and traditional Mexican arts and crafts for both wholesale and retail. He sold the store and moved to Mexico in 2008 to concentrate on his wholesale business. He lives and has an office and warehouse in San Antonio Tlayacapan, a small pueblo in the state of Jalisco near Guadalajara where nearby towns are known for generations of families creating wonderful traditional Mexican art, ceramics, paintings, clothing, bags, metal art and pre- Columbian replicas and much more. He has established a very nice specialty market providing museum stores and boutiques with amazing pre-Columbian art replicas. Almost 10 years ago he met young Maya man at a tianguis (street fair) who had just started a Co-Op of families in his village in Chiapas producing the highest quality of Maya embroidered blouses, dresses, bags, table runners and other traditional fabric products from that region. That relationship has now grown to a major business that exports large wholesale orders of these products to the U.S, and around the world. Likewise he has many longstanding relationships with families creating various arts and crafts such as Repujado metal art, Talavera ceramic art, Barro Negro (black pottery), Ceramic Lupita Dolls, traditional Mexican oil paintings and much more. You can check out the entire line of products at www.mexarte.com, or call us toll free (from U.S. and Canada) 888-442-4095 or email at email@example.com.
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