throughout the villages of Mexico, you will find various forms of
whimsical art. Oaxacan wood
carvings are carved from the Copal tree while the wood is still green.
The name of the art originates from the State of Oaxaca (Wa-HAH-Ka),
specifically in the villages of Arrazola, La Union Tejalapan, and San Martin
Tilcajete. Interestingly, this area
of Mexico is quite large but in a state of poverty.
Even so, the folk art traditions are considered among the most creative
and richest in the world.
wood carvings are extremely popular and because of their movement, humor, and
vibrant colors, they look great in any home, office, or as a gift!
The design of each carving comes from the carver's own superstition and
imagination. Since magic and myth
are a huge part of the culture in this region, the Oaxacan wood carvings can be
dramatic in design.
of the options include lizards, which are common in Mexico, along with demon
creatures, gazelles, pelicans, frogs, cats, dragonflies, and roosters, all
favorites.After the shape has been
carved, the carver painstakingly sands it down and then paints bright colors and
unique designs, making many of the designs appear realistic.