Birds of Paradise

Item Number: BRK588

$34.95

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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 #: BRK588
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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.

Helpful Information

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

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2017-12-03 11:17:00 Service was quick, as was delivery. 5
  by Ellen G.; Nashville, TN on December 3, 2017
Service was quick, as was delivery. After placing the order, I received an immediate call letting me know the status of the items I ordered. The items received were exactly as described. We are very pleased with our entire experience with La Fuente Imports and will definitely order again.

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