Woodcarving

The bright and colorful wood carvings that many visitors are drawn to in Oaxaca are known as alebrijes, or spirit animals. These figures are crafted in San Martin Tilcajete, La Union Tejalpam, Arrazola, and San Agustín de la Juntas.

Carefully carved from green copal wood, the alebrijes are then sanded and dried before being hand painted. Some artisans use locally sourced natural pigments for the paints.

This relatively recent art form took shape in Oaxaca during the 1950s and has been growing in popularity ever since.

We welcome you to join a tour and see first-hand the intricate processes required for making the Oaxacan alebrijes.

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