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Alebrijes of Oaxaca, Mexico – Couch Giraffes


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Legend tells us that the first alebrijes were seen a dream by 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.

These couch surfing giraffes are going nowhere fast. Enjoy this quiet and orderly giraffe family in your home or send to a jungle loving friend. If giving Alebrijes of Oaxaca to a friend, request FREE Gift Wrapping during your check out.

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Hand crafted in Oaxaca, Mexico of the indigenous Copal wood. Approximately 6.5 by 4 by 6.5 inches. Fair trade item made by hand in one of a kind design and signed by highly skilled artist, Joaquin Hernandez.

One Fair Trade Mexican Alebrije of Oaxaca, Couch Giraffes with couch and three removable giraffes, red.