Oaxacan Alebrijes | Huichol art - Marakame

Oaxacan Alebrijes

Zapotec figures whose original name is "tonas" or "nahuales".

This special selection of Oaxacan Alebrije is hand painted on wood carving of the copal tree (Bursera, spp), which grows around the community of San Martín Tilcajete, a town in the Zapotec region of the State of Oaxaca, in the South of Mexico.

In this place, for generations the residents have developed the artisan work of pieces with this wood. The manufacture of each work can take up to 15 months (depending on its dimensions and details) in its completion from start to finish, using simple tools such as machetes, gouges and knives for its finishing; being the drying of the wood the step that makes the entire process more patient and detailed. Later comes the detailed symbolism implicit of the ancient Zapotec worldview that tells about iconic animals representing their culture, elevating the elements that sustain the life of this town.

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