Fiesta Scene

Item Number: BRK560

$34.95

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  (4 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 traditional village life on handmade bark paper for three generations.

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Fiesta Scene Bark Painting
Fiesta Scene Bark Painting
16"W x 23 1/2"H
Item #: BRK560
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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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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!
2017-05-09 21:10:00 The tile I received was packed perfectly. 5
  by Tamara S.; Adrian, MI on May 9, 2017
The tile I received was packed perfectly. There were very few tiles that were chipped. It is installed and looks beautiful. I also purchased a bark painting. I love it!
2016-10-22 22:57:00 Exceptional quality in items every time I purchase. 5
  by Kelley B.; Livermore, CA on October 22, 2016
Exceptional quality in items every time I purchase. Authentic, beautifully crafted tiles, pottery. Perfect
2015-07-01 18:07:00 I ordered 3 bark pictures and just love them, the colors are perfect. 5
  by Kathy P.; Wimauma, FL on July 1, 2015
I ordered 3 bark pictures and just love them, the colors are perfect. They are a little delicate, one had a small tear but it will be hidden by the frame so it's not a problem. I also ordered an entertainment center and am really pleased with it. It was delivered very quickly and on time, the delivery service man was very pleasant and courteous. I definitely will be shopping with you again. Couldn't be any happier.

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