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Paper Mache Art

Our Paper Mache Art Collection comes from San Miguel de Allende in Mexico.

 

The technique of working paper mache, smoothed over with plaster of Paris, and intricately hand painted is the result of years of experimentation to perfect this folk art form. Our pieces are  inspired by the richness of Mexican culture in shape, colour, and symbolism.

 

From Trophy heads of Bulls and Alebrijes (brightly coloured folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures) to more traditional figures such as dogs and dolls, these hand crafted pieces both decorative, and works of art transmitting the culture and beliefs of Mexico.

 

In Mexico many papel mache applications have to do with religion and superstition. During the Holy Week before Easter, "Judas dolls" are made. At the Christmas season, the children play with "piñatas". On Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead, the Mexicans fight Death with humor. Brightly coloured miniature skeletons, skulls and coffins in all shapes and sizes are sold for ofrendas (altar) for their departed loved ones.

Please see our Look Book for further images.