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The Mexican Cat with Whiskers Oaxacan Alebrije Red is a picture of the artisans mood, experience and palette at the time of painting. Enjoy this happy red kitty cat with fun flowers splashed across his back. The artisan was having a good time as he moved his brush across this feline friend. The Cat Alebrijes are fun and unique gifts for friends.
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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.
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Hand crafted in Oaxaca, Mexico of the indigenous Copal wood. Approximately 5.5 by 2 by 4 inches. Hand-carved and painted through fair trade practices by highly skilled artisans of Oaxaca, Mexico. Removable tail for easy storage and shipping. Each Cat Alebrije is an original and signed by the artist, Joaquin Hernandez. One Fair Trade Cat with Whiskers Oaxacan Alebrije Red.