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Art Mall brings you a large selection of Arts, Crafts, and
Collectibles from Mexico, South America, and Central America.
Our products are handcrafted and imported directly from the
people that created them. Learn more about the Countries
and People that produce our products in our Reference
TAGUA CARVINGS FROM ECUADOR
Shop our Carvings from Ecuador - Located
in the northwest portion of Ecuador, a unique venture began called the Tagua
Initiative was formed. This began
in 1990 by Conservation International as a means of creating economic incentives
associated with the tagua palm nut, trying to find a way for the harvests to be
sustained. Because of this
initiative, today we see almost 2,000 people belonging to the Comuna Rio
Santiago-Cayapas, holding down jobs. However,
these jobs depend on the rainforest being left unharmed, allowing the tagua nut
to continue growing.
HUICHOL YARN ART
View our Yarn Art
from Mexico - Nestled in the
Sierra de Nayarit, just north of Guadalajara, Mexico, you will find
approximately 12,000 Huichol (Wee-Chol) Indians, a tribe believed to descend
from the Aztec Indians. This area
of Mexico is remote and rugged, and home to one of the last tribes to exist
under the Spanish rule. The Huichol
Indians still follow pagan beliefs, consider deer a sacred animal, grow corn,
which is thought to be the source of all life, and use a form of communication
called peyote. Because of this, the
core of the Huichol Indians consist of deer, corn, and peyote.
LATIN TEXTILE ART
Shop our Wall Hangings from Peru and Mexico - You
will also find tapestries depicting things such as flowers, birds, butterflies,
and many other Andean cultural aspects. All
of the sheep wool is handspun, and then naturally dyed with native vegetable,
mineral, and animal dye.
TAGUA CARVINGS FROM PANAMA
Shop our Tagua
Carvings - Imported directly
from the Native Indian Artists that created these little masterpieces. Choose
from Animals, Fish, Birds, and Reptiles - all native to the country of Panama
that the carvings come from. The
tagua nut has a strong resemblance to animal ivory, making it a wonderful
resource for creating all types of beautiful things. For many years, the tagua nut was used primarily for making buttons but
with new technology and more affordable materials such as plastics, a decline
began. Even so, the tagua nut still
has value in the making of other things to include chess set pieces, jewelry,
handles for canes, dice, figurines, etc.
OAXACAN WOOD CARVINGS
Shop our Oaxacan
Wood Carvings - Each of our wood
carvings are hand carved and painted by artists in small villages in the state
of Oaxaca in Southern Mexico. They are creative and wonderfully painted figures
in bright fun colors. Each carving is an original piece of art.
HUICHOL BEAD ART
Shop our Bead Art
- Huichol Bead Art The Huichol
Indians have used art figures and other decorative pieces as offerings to the
Gods for centuries. The Indians work their spiritual symbols and designs into
each piece. This hand carved wood jaguar head was first covered with a layer of
beeswax then using a long needle one small bead at a time is pressed into the
wax creating this vibrant work of art.
from our Reference
jaguar, or as he is sometimes called, the American tiger, is the largest and
most ferocious of the cat family found on this continent. Some jaguars have been
seen equal in size to the Asiatic tiger; but in most cases the American, animal
is smaller. He is strong enough, however, to drag a horse or an ox to his
den—sometimes to a long distance; and this feat has been frequently observed.
jaguar is found in all the tropical parts of North and South America. While he
bears a considerable likeness to the tiger, both in shape and habits, the
markings of his skin are quite different. Instead of being striped like the
tiger, the skin of the jaguar is beautifully spotted. Each spot resembles a
rosette, and consists of a black ring with a single dark-colored spot in the
here to read more.
Art, also called Kuna Mola, is an amazing creation by the women of the Kuna or
Cuna tribe from Central America. Living
directly on the San Blas Islands of Panama, these women create some of the most
gorgeous pieces of art imaginable. Using
a special appliqué process called “reverse appliqué” the women take
numerous layers of cloth, each of varying color. These layers are then stitched together loosely while the top layers are
fine-tipped cut with special scissors. The
cut edges are then folded back at which time they are stitched to the bottom
word Mola translates into “blouse”. Although Mola Art was originally artwork done on women’s blouses as a
means of adding beautiful color and design, today you will find Mola Art done on
more than just blouses and in many cases, used as an actual form of art that is
framed and proudly displayed. The
wonderful aspect of the Mola pieces is that they are all so unique and vibrant. Women have the freedom to create beautiful designs of nature, which
today, has become an increasingly popular type of apparel worn in the United
States, Europe, and Asia. Click
here to read more.
region has different factors that affect its climate. The Costa is influenced
primarily by proximity to warm or cool ocean currents. By contrast, climate in
the Sierra varies more as a function of altitude. The Oriente has a fairly
uniform climate that varies only slightly between the two sub regions. Climate
in the Galapagos Islands is both moderated by the ocean currents and affected by
altitude. Throughout Ecuador variation in rainfall primarily determines seasons.
Temperature is determined by altitude. With each ascent of 200 meters in
altitude, temperature drops 1° C. This phenomenon is particularly significant
in the Sierra.
The Costa has a tropical climate. Temperatures
for the region as a whole remain fairly constant, ranging from 23° C in the
south to 26° C in the north. Although seasonal changes in temperature are not
pronounced, the hottest period occurs during the rainy season, especially from
February to April. Near Guayaquil, the coolest months are August and September.
Rainfall in the Costa decreases from north to south, with vegetation changing
from tropical rainforest in the north to tropical savannah to desert in the
here to read more.
Nestled in the Sierra de Nayarit, just north of
Guadalajara, Mexico, you will find approximately 12,000 Huichol (Wee-Chol)
Indians, a tribe believed to descend from the Aztec Indians. This area of Mexico is remote and rugged, and home to one of the last
tribes to exist under the Spanish rule. The
Huichol Indians still follow pagan beliefs, consider deer a sacred animal, grow
corn, which is thought to be the source of all life, and use a form of
communication called peyote. Because
of this, the core of the Huichol Indians consist of deer, corn, and peyote.
As a very religious and isolated group of people, they express their feelings
through art. So incredible is the
Huichol bead art that most consider it a powerful decoration more than a
profound religious statement. As a
part of this art, you will find yarn paintings, wooden masks, woven or
embroidered adornments, and the most beautiful of all, the incredible bead work,
which is thought to have been created for more than 200 years. Keep in mind that this tribe has its own culture, traditions, and
language, meaning the Huichol bead art created is like nothing else in the
entire world. Click
here to read more.
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