Safari in Mexico


Topanien Global Gifts - Oaxaca Alebrijes

A safari in Mexico is about animals, art and design. You may see the allusive Lion in his natural habitat or maybe, in a ‘not so natural’ place.  No trip planned? Visit Topanien Global Gifts for Fair Trade Alebrije Art. Prices range from $19.99 to over $1000 depending on the artist and the quality of the work.

Nadine, owner of Topanien Global Gifts


Aztec Lion Alebrijes

Aztec Lion AlebrijeFair Trade Alebrijes of Oaxaca, MX


Oaxaca Alebrijes

Picked up a friend while surfing in Mexico. (No, he is not dinner!)
Fabulous Fish AlebrijeAlebrijes of Oaxaca, MX


Bear Alebrijes - Oaxaca Alebrijes

Bear AlebrijesOaxaca Alebrijes

Hemp Back from Nepal

Nadine, owner of Topanien Global Gifts, never without her Hemp Backpack.  “It can hold everything if I am on a Safari in Africa or Mexico.”

Fair Trade Chicken Alebrijes of Mexico

Fair Trade Chicken Alebrijes of Mexico


Friends Support Fair Trade - Friends Support Each Other

Sunflower Alebrije Cat & Blue Moon Cat Goddess Alebrije


Haitian Metal Art - Fair Trade

Party Porcupines – Fair Trade Alebrijes

Fair Trade Monkey Alebrije

Work or Play in Mexico
Work inspires play in Mexican Alebrije artist Joaquin Hernandez and his wife Laura, who both worked on this colorful Monkey. Joaquin painted him in entirety giving him a plain beige face. Then, wife Laura took over and decorated the face to match the body. Monkey in Bloom is a happy bit of art put together by two people playing with their work.


Fair Trade African Baskets

Farmer’s Markets opening. Time to pull out your African Baskets or pick up a new one at Topanien Global Gifts.


Fair Trade African Baskets

Fair Trade African Baskets – durable, attractive and useful.


Tea for One First Friday Special

Golden Alebrije WhaleRainbow Whale Alebrije
Marvelously painted, one with gold paint and the other with blue. The artist added tiny raised gold dots to both pieces giving them a textured look and feel. This is an accent new to the ‘alebrije’ art form of Oaxaca, Mexico. We are experimenting!


Aztec Design Alebrijes of Oaxaca, Mexico

Where do many of the Alebrije designs come from?
  The Maya came first, and settled in modern-day Mexico. Next came the Olmecs, who also settled Mexico. They didn’t build any major cities, but they were widespread and prosperous. They were followed by the Inca in modern-day Peru, and finally the Aztecs, also in modern-day Mexico. For more info, visit  KnowledgeNuts.

Marciano Alebrije

Topanien Global Gifts
is located in Multnomah Village in SW Portland, 7832 SW Capitol Hwy.
Mon – Sat 10:00 – 6:00
Sun 11:00 – 5:00
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