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Big Alien Carved Painted Wood Oaxaca Carving Alebrijes Whimsical Collection For Sale
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Wood Carvings A L E B R I J E SThe Magic in the Trees Created by the Famed Artisans of OaxacaFrom dancing chickens and flower-print cats to burros with wings and bewitching devils , the wood carvings of Oaxaca are marvels of wit and Imagination.Oaxacan have carved toys for children and masks for religious fiestas for hundreds , perhaps thousands of years. F I E S T A S are the fullest expression of Oaxacans belief in the promise of magic , of fable , of something stronger than death . Inspired by Catholic faith.Here you are offering for a Alien Size : 18 inches Tall by to 9 inches Wide by 12 inches Long figure Hand Carved and Hand Painted Signed By Family Calvo We Combine Shipping Get 100.00 in art and up Get Free Shipping!!!Many rural households in the Mexican state of Oaxaca have prospered over the past three decades through the sale of brightly painted, whimsical wood carvings they call alebrijes to international tourists and the owners of ethnic arts shops in the United States, Canada, and Europe.What are called “alebrijes” in Oaxaca is a marriage of native woodcarving traditions and influence from Pedro Linares’ work
Woodcarving, along with other crafts in Oaxaca, grew in importance as the state opened up to tourism. This started in the 1940s with the Pan-American High Wayand has continued to this day with the construction of more roads, airports and other transportation coincided with the rising prosperity of the U.S. and Canada making Mexico an affordable exotic vacation. Oaxacan woodcarving began to be bought in the 1960s byhippies.Prior to the 1980s, most of the woodcarvings were natural and spiritual world of the communities, featuring farm animals, farmers, angels and the like. These pieces, now referred to as "rustic" (nistico), were carved and painted in a simple manner.Later known for their alebrijes, carvers such as Manuel Jimenez of Arrazola, Isadoro Cruz of Tilcajete and Martin Sandiego of La Union began by carving animals as youths, often while doing other chores such as tending sheep. By the 1960s and 1970s, these carvers had enough of a reputation to sell their work in the city of Oaxaca. As more dealers shipping to other parts of Mexico and abroad visited the rural villages, more exotic animals such as lions, elephants and the like were added, and eventually came to dominate the trade.Eventually, traditional paints gave way to acrylics as well.Another development that encouraged woodcarving were artisans’ contests held by the state of Oaxaca in the 1970s, which encouraged carvers to try new ideas in order to win prizes and sell their pieces to state museums. The carving of a piece, which is done while the wood is still wet, can last anywhere from hours to a month, depending on the size and fineness of the piece.Often the copal wood that is used will influence what is made, both because of the shapes the branches can take and because male and female trees differ in hardness and shape. Carving is done with non-mechanical hand tools such asmachetes,chiselsand knives.
After the carving, the figure is then left to dry for up to ten months, depending on its overall size and thickness. Oaxaca woodcarvings were all originally painted with aniline paints made with natural ingredients such as bark of the copal tree, colorings were also used for dying clothing, ceremonial paints and other uses.Since 1985, most carvers have now switched to acrylics which resist fading and withstand repeated cleanings better. However, some still useanilinepaints as they have a more rustic look that some customers prefer. Either way, the painting is generally done in two layers, with a solid undercoat and a multicolored designed superimposed.