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Welcome to Latin Art Mall

Latin 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 Section.
Shop our Sand Paintings - These sand paintings are done completely by hand. On the back of each piece is a card with the artists name and written in the artists hand the name of the painting. The Navajo people believe the universe to be delicately balanced. Only man can upset it causing disaster or illness. When this happens a medicine man must restore the natural balance. Balance is restored by healing the offender with chants herbs prayers songs and sand paintings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

 

Articles from our Reference Section

The Panama Canal continued to play a central role in world trade and Panama's economy in the mid-1980s. Some 5 percent of the world's trade in goods passed through the canal, contributing 9 percent of Panamanian GDP in 1983. This canal's location at one of the crossroads of international trade has spawned a plethora of other service-oriented activities, such as storage, ship repair, break bulk (the unloading of a portion or all of a ship's cargo), transshipment, bunkering, and distribution and services to ship travelers. The dynamism of the canal also was instrumental in the development of the CFZ, the trans-isthmian pipeline, and offshore financing. Evidence suggests, however, that the canal's relative importance to world trade is likely to continue to experience a small relative decline in the future, which has led Panama, together with the United States and Japan, to study alternatives for improving or replacing the canal. Click here to read more.

In a classic book on the natural setting and people of Chile, Benjamín Subercaseaux Zañartu, a Chilean writer, describes the country's geography as loca (crazy). The book's English translator renders this term as "extravagant." Whether crazy or extravagant, there is little question that Chile's territorial shape is certainly among the world's most unusual. From north to south, Chile extends 4,270 kilometers, and yet it only averages 177 kilometers east to west. On a map, Chile looks like a long ribbon reaching from the middle of South America's west coast straight down to the southern tip of the continent, where it curves slightly eastward. Cape Horn, the southernmost point in the Americas, where the Pacific and Atlantic oceans turbulently meet, is Chilean territory. Chile's northern neighbors are Peru and Bolivia, and its border with Argentina to the east, at 5,150 kilometers, is one of the world's longest. Click here to read more.
Panama City, Panama is often referred to as the “Crossroads of the world”, primarily because of the massive number of people that pass through. Located in Central America between Costa Rica and Columbia, Panama has long been used as a route from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

Historians tell us that the earliest inhabitants of Panama were the Cocle and Cuevas cultures but because of overwhelming disease and fighting with the Spaniards in the 16th century, the numbers quickly diminished. Although it took a little time and effort, the Spanish finally established a settlement in 1510 at the mouth of the Rio Chagres called Nombre de Dios. Eventually, this coastline area became a popular target for invasions of Peru and wealth generated by the incursions was brought over land from the port of Panama to the Spanish settlement. Click 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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