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Legend tells us that the first alebrijes were seen in a dream by the artisan, Pedro Linares. Linares fell sick and during his convalescence he dreamt of a jungle filled with fantastical animals in every hue and color and with mixed up parts. Butterfly wings might be on a giraffe. Unicorns cavort with eagle headed lions and frogs have horns. The animals were making a clamor and the only word that Linares could remember was ‘alebrijes.’ Upon his recovery, Linares began to re-create the creature of his dreams in paper mache and he called them ‘alebrijes.’
In the 1980’s and with a history of carving animals, Oaxacan artists began creating the alebrijes that we know today; the colorful wooden animals often in dreamlike designs and color patterns. For a much longer version of the history view Wikipedia and Alebrije.
This long necked giraffe is happy and carefree stretching his neck back and arching his back. If sending Mexican Alebrijes of Oaxaca to a friend, please be sure to request FREE Gift Wrapping during your check out.
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Hand crafted in Oaxaca, Mexico of the indigenous Copal wood. Approximately 8 by 3 by 2.5 inches. Fair Trade item made by hand in one of a kind design. One Fair Trade Alebrije of Oaxaca, Mexico – Acrobat Giraffe.