What an alebrije is made of?

Our handcraft artist, mainly work with copal, ayacahuite, fresno and zompantle trees. These trees grow in several areas of our country, mostly in the southern Mexican region where Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guerrero and Michoacan are located.

Depending on the piece, handcraft artist use organic resin to fill some spaces to shape it more precisely. When the resin is completely dry, the craftsman/woman sanders the whole piece in order to eliminate any imperfection and soften the piece texture.

The reason copal tree is most often used to create an Oaxacan alebrije is because it tends to be “softer.”

To paint the alebrije, all our artisans use organic paintings. Very often they make the paint themselves. They also make brushes of diverse materials, like maguey thorns to delineate the smallest details.

The designs and color selection are inspired by the Oaxacan culture. The painting technique often imitates the textile patterns of the pre-Hispanic cultures, the endemic flora of the region and many times the designs are exclusive creations of each artist.

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