The Alebrje Mexican folk art can help us keep certain animals, such as the armadillo, alive as part of our national and international conversations with regard to endangered species. “In a world that is losing its biodiversity at an alarming rate, every animal should be taken seriously, not just as a part of the world we share but as a reservoir of genetic information that could be invaluable in the future.
People seem to have a tendency to save only the “cute” animals, but each one is as important as any other. “So, why armadillos?” you ask. “Aren’t there thousands of them all over the southwest?” The answer is yes — there are quite a few armadillos in the United States and Mexico. However, all of these animals represent only one species of armadillo, the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus). This is only one of about twenty kinds of armadillo, and several of the others are endangered.” – from Armadillo Online (http://armadillo-online.org/armadillos.html) And if you wish to have an Armadillo you can have this one-of-a-kind whimsical Purple Armadillo Alebrije of Oaxaca, Mexico!
The Mexican Armadillo Alebrije of Oaxaca is a remarkable and irresistible representation of the armadillo decorated in colors and designs flamboyant and flashy.
Legend tells us that the first alebrijes were seen a dream by 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 his body is approximately 4.5 x 3 inches of dense and heavy copal wood with a 4 inch long tail. Made under fair trade practices and purchased from the Mercado de Artesanias in Oacaca.
One Fair Trade Mexican Purple Armadillo Alebrije, signed by artist Alfredo Rios.