Birds of Paradise

Item Number: BRK555

$34.95

Ships FREE on Orders Over $149

  (5 customer reviews)

Description

Papel Amate, or painted bark paper, is an art form with clear pre-Hispanic origins. The handmade paper was originally considered a specialty of the village shaman and used only for special rituals. Decades later, the Otomi of Puebla began using bark paper as a canvas for painting. Typically, artisans will craft the paper from fig or mulberry tree bark, then sell or trade the homemade paper to other indigenous groups for decoration.

Most of our Traditional bark paintings are by Luis Cabrera Ortiz. Luis is a Nahua from the village of San Augustin Oapan, in the Rio Balsas river valley of Guerrero. Luis and his family have been painting scenes of colorful birds and other local wildlife on handmade bark paper for three generations.

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Birds of Paradise Bark Painting
Birds of Paradise Bark Painting
16"W x 23 1/2"H
Item #: BRK555
Eligible for Free Ground Shipping on Orders Over $149.00

Materials

The technique of making traditional bark paper has a 200 year-old history in southern Mexico. Today, the rustic homemade paper is still made in small villages along the Sierra de Puebla using a variety of different tree barks. The process begins by boiling the tree bark mixture for 3-4 hours in salted water. Afterwards, the softened bark is rinsed and placed on a sturdy (typically stone) working surface. A large stone tool called a Metlatl is then used to smash, intertwine and extend the fibers to the desired thickness and measurements. The final step is leaving the flattened fiber sheets in the sun to thoroughly dry.

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  • Due to the handmade nature of indigenous folk art, colors will vary.

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2021-03-30 18:00:00 The picture was everything I hoped it would be. 5
  by Michele L.; PALMYRA, NJ on March 30, 2021
The picture was everything I hoped it would be. Just beautiful! Delivery was was much sooner than I anticipated. Great service.
2020-09-28 16:09:00 Everything is perfect and so Beautiful, didn\'t take too long to ship either thank you! 5
  by Diana G.; AUSTIN, TX on September 28, 2020
Everything is perfect and so Beautiful, didn't take too long to ship either thank you!
2019-12-13 16:20:00 I ordered 2 items (order No. 1
  by Carol L.; Kidlington, Oxford, Oxfordshire on December 13, 2019
I ordered 2 items (order No. ***) to value of $*** including Priority Mailing.The order was despatched 28th November.It has still not arrived on 14th December!I wrote to Customer Service, as USPS told me that the retailer would follow up. I've had no reply. No acknowledgement.Unacceptable. Never again.***
2017-08-25 16:26:00 We were very happy! 4
  by Debbie E.; Tyler, TX on August 25, 2017
We were very happy! We had to accept a substitute print, but it was satisfactory, just not the colors we had wanted. We appreciated your people calling to tell us a substitute was necessary!
2016-09-29 14:13:00 Very easy to work with. 5
  by Sherri B.; HOUSTON, TX on September 29, 2016
Very easy to work with. One of my items was out of stock and I got an actual phone call to let me know and some spot on suggestions for replacements. Very good experience and I love the things I ordered.

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