Alebrijes, Carvings of Colorful animals from Oaxaca
Handcarved and handpainted by Natives of Oaxaca, Mexico. Most pieces are signed. Each figure is handmade from Copal wood from the hills surrounding the Oaxaca Valley using machetes and pocket knives. Artists carve the basic shape of a figure n a few days, then hand sand and meticulously paint each piece in great detail. The artists use fantasy and imagination in their painting to make the animals appear more alive. Each carving is an original work of art and no two pieces are identical. There are a limited supply of carvings available and it is possible that each piece may appreciate in value, as many of these figures have become collectors items.