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Mexican Nativity Scenes, Nacimientos or Creches

Posted by Anne Damon in Christmas, Oaxaca, Religious Folk Art, Wood Carvings   /   2 COMMENTS
Here are just a few of the nativities or creche sets we have (or used to have) in our online shop and in the Minneapolis store. Do you know someone who collects Nativities? Or someone who collects Nativities from all over the world?  If you have someone on your list who loves Nativities, we've got you covered. Here are just a few of the many we have in our shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Mexican Nativity Scenes or "Nacimientos" come in all sizes and in all media.
Tiny Mexican Nativity
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Oaxacan Wood Carvings

Posted by Anne Damon in Oaxaca, Wood Carvings   /   LEAVE A COMMENT


I received a request to write about Mexican wood carvings and show off the ones we currently have in the shop.

I've written about them a couple of times before, here and here, and the basic message is the same. The carvings are hand done with a machete (!) from a soft wood called "copal"  that is common to the Oaxaca area--though less and less common as carvers harvest it for their work. The carving is usually done by the men though there are some women in San Martin Tilcajete who carve and paint. But usually, it's the men who carve and the women who paint. Some married couples create together which is the case of some of my favorite carvers, the Xuana family.

The Xuana's style is exemplified by the meticulous painting in the pieces below. This amazing black cat was painted by Flor.

The gorgeous black bear below was carved and painted by one of the Xuana cousins.

Look at the precision of the painting on the good witch below--and her super hip, right now outfit of stripes and patterns...

For more Xuana works...check here and here and here...

There are MANY other carvers and many different styles varying from more rustic works from La Union to the semi-rustic but still sophisticated works from Arrazola. Here are a few more examples that are currently in the shop (5/22/14).

Another one of my favorite carvers is Eloy Santiago. He carved this amazing piece of the father and son off to the mercado. There are piglets on one side of the horse and chickens on the other. Truly magnificent!

The third carving village in Oaxaca is Arrazola and the two pieces below come from there. LOOK at the detail on this foxy creature....

And last is this charming mother opossum and her three babies. Carved by Armando Jimenez, grandson of Miguel Jimenez who started ALL of the wood carving industry in the Oaxaca area, this piece is a bright red with a cheerful yellow face and those babies are separate so you can arrange them any way you like...Enjoy!

What kind of wood carvings do you collect?



Mexican Folk Art Christmas Tree Decorations

Posted by Anne Damon in Christmas, Oaxaca, Wood Carvings   /   1 COMMENTS
It's early, I know, but people are already buying Christmas tree ornaments in the Minneapolis shop!  We have some very unique decorations and some of them are online. They are all handmade. That means they were not made by the millions by a machine.  No, they were actually designed and made by hand, painted by hand and have all of the charm of bigger pieces of Mexican folk art but in a smaller size. And they come from different cities and artisans all over Mexico.

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Mexican Masks

Posted by Anne Damon in Masks, paper mache, Wood Carvings   /   LEAVE A COMMENT
Leather Tigre Mask from Mexico

Small Tigre Mask from Mexico

Mexican Mask

Mexican wood Mask

Mexican Mask with fangs

Masks have been an important part of the dances and ceremonies of Mexico for hundreds of years.  Barbara Mauldin's book Masks of Mexico is devoted to the mask culture of various regions of the great country of Mexico. She beautifully explains the dances that some masks are connected to and the Indian beliefs that underlie the ritual dance and the mask-wearing. And the photos are wonderful. Ms. Mauldin is a curator at the International Museum of Folk Art and has access to their fabulous collection of masks.

These photos are not masks that would be used for dancing except the first one. And that one was probably for a child. Most of these masks are quite small and are meant for display only. Some are paper mache, some are wood, some are leather.




Religious Mexican Folk Art

Handcarved saints from Guatemala

Because over 90% of  Mexico is Catholic, one finds lots of charming and beautiful hand-made religious folk art all over the country. The saints, above, are from Guatemala, another very Catholic country. Religion is a part of every day life in Mexico, from the home altar to crossing oneself in front of every church, to the pinning of milagros, to the omnipresent image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Catholicism is not native to Mexico--the Spanish brought it with them in the 1500's. In indigenous towns and villages one still finds religious practices that harken back to the days before the conquest.  

Click here for our current collection of religious folk art.


Mexican Clay nativity set
Decorated religious bottlesWooden saint of Virgen de Guadalupe
Wooden carved heart covered in milagros or charmsGerardo Ortega Nativity Set

Tiny Carved Wooden Masks from Oaxaca

Posted by Anne Damon in Masks, Wood Carvings   /   LEAVE A COMMENT

These very small masks were carved in a small town outside of Oaxaca by the Xuana family. They are carved by the men and painted by the women. They are tiny--about 3.5" tall-- and the level of carving,  and then painting is really stunning. The color combinations and exquisite detail make these a perfect addition to your mask collection. Check out our current collection now!