Alebrije, orangish turtle, predominant orangish, handmade with bright colors and symbols Zapotecas, the colors and symbols represent the Zapotec culture made with a special technique of carving on a single piece of copal wood.

made by magic hands of the artisan Jorge Ortega Ojeda

Measure: height 7 cm (2.75 inch). Width 20 cm (7.87 inch)

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The Alebrijes are imaginary creatures that have elements from different animals such as dragon bodies, bat wings, wolf teeth and dog eyes. Colorfully painted, they were originally made with papier mache but nowadays they are also wood carved.

Alebrijes are made from various local wood species. Copal wood is considered to be particularly high-quality and easy to work with.

With a machete, kitchen knives, or even makeshift carving instruments, a fantastic animal figure can be carved from an ordinary piece of wood!

the Alebrijes are painted by hand. In addition to brushes, everyday objects such as nails, sponges or toothpicks are often used. Although in today’s times, Alebrijes are more frequently painted with acrylic paints. However, the knowledge about the production of colors from local fruits, minerals, and insects is still present in most artisan families today and is an important method of the craft that is arguably the authenticating factor of the overall process.



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