Arte & Máscaras (Art & Masks)
While you're buying, you'll be at a real history class. Find out why!
Since 2003, Ena Mestey selects and sells unusual pieces of Puerto Rican handicraft in her shop 'Arte & Máscaras' (Art & masks), located on ‘calle San Francisco’ (San Francisco Street) in Old San Juan. Her passion for Taino culture and the fabrication in regions such as Ponce and Laína means that your purchases in this spot will become a kind of history. It's worth visiting with enough time in order to consult her books and knowledge of pre-Hispanic culture. You'll not only find masks of mysterious shapes and colours, but also an explanation of their context, such as which Indigenous tribe made them, what they mean and what rituals and symbols are hidden behind an apparent gift. 'Artes & Máscaras' has specialized in objects made of ceramics, wood, or papier mache if you are looking for a decorative keepsake, or prints and mass-produced original drawings by Puerto Rican artists.