ALEBRÍJES
(Imaginary Animals)

from
San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca

Wood carving is an ancestral tradition of the Zapotec people of Oaxaca, and achieves maximum expression in the elaboration of wooden
figures
, which only in recent years were given the name "alebrijes"; unreal, magical figures from the imagination of the Oaxacan
craftsman.
The carvings represent the innovative and surreal spirit of the soul of Oaxaca, captured in their hand-crafted, hand-painted
design. These talented carvers of Oaxaca create,  entirely by hand, wonderful sculptures made  from
copal wood, whose ingenious shapes
with  amazing patterns and colors have captivated collectors world wide.

"Alebrije" is reputed to be a word in "caló" (Caló originally defined the Spanish gypsy dialect) that means, among other translations,  "fantastic" or
"of fantasy".
& also
Alambríjes

Similar to the alebríjes, but created with wire and seeds

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