Birds of Paradise

Item Number: BRK101

$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 #: BRK101
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.

Helpful Information

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

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Customer Reviews

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2019-02-02 11:00:00 The customer service representatives were great, and the shipping was faster than I anticipated. 4
  by Barbara D.; Lakewood, WA on February 2, 2019
The customer service representatives were great, and the shipping was faster than I anticipated. However the bark art was much darker and muted than it looked in the advertisement, and one of the paintings didn’t look anything like the advertisement. I had chosen it because of all the color and details and it was very plain compared to the advertised painting. In fact I went over it with my own acrylic paints and tried to add brighter colors to both paintings and more details to the plain one. Perhaps you could make your paintings look a little more like the representations in the adds?
2019-01-24 15:43:00 Very satisfied with the products. 5
  by STEVE W.; AUSTIN, TX on January 24, 2019
Very satisfied with the products. They were exactly as described.
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!
2017-02-27 10:29:00 Very pleased. 5
  by James Z.; Las Vegas, NV on February 27, 2017
Very pleased. Ordering online can be a very tricky endeavor but in this case, we got exactly what we ordered. They took a lot a of care in their packaging as well. I'd order from them again.
2014-10-09 16:09:05 order came quickly and well packed. 5
  by Suzanne F.; Atlanta, GA on October 9, 2014
order came quickly and well packed.

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