Cultural Corner: Alebrijes

Cultural Corner: Alebrijes


Alebrijes are a popular type of Mexican folk art that made out of papier-mâché, wood and harder carton materials and featuring mythical creatures. They are very popular in Oaxaca, a region on the West Coast, that has long been known for it’s amazing art scene. This area produces a special type of alebrije made out of the local copal tree, which is said to have magical powers. Animal figures have long been carved in the valley areas near Oaxaca by the indigenous Zapotec people. These carved animals were used by the Zapotecs as religious symbols, good luck charms as well as toys.


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