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Oaxaca, Mexico, native sells jewelry, clothing at local shop

October 2, 2017 GMT

Already planning on what to wear for Day of the Dead or even Charro Days? Carlos Gutierrez at Country Casuals has people covered with his one-of-a-kind designs.

A third-generation jewelry maker from Oaxaca, Mexico, Gutierrez started making jewelry when he was 6 years old with his father. He has lines dedicated to Frida Kahlo, the Sacred Heart and Day of the Dead.

Gutierrez said he makes all of his jewelry, and one pair of earrings can take him a full day to make.

Customers can even come to Gutierrez if they have a certain piece of jewelry in mind for him to make. He said if the customer has something in mind, he can make it into a reality.

Back in Oaxaca, Gutierrez works from his workshop and handles everything by himself.

Gutierrez said he came to Brownsville about five years ago to sell his merchandise at a local festival. It was a huge success, and he has been coming back ever since to sell his merchandise at Country Casuals.

Besides his handmade jewelry, Gutierrez also sells clothing that represents the state of Oaxaca that is made by local artisans. He also brings local souvenirs.

Gutierrez stays in Brownsville from September to March to sell his merchandise.

kcontreras@brownsvilleherald.com