to Latin Art Mall
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
BLANKETS & THROWS
Shop for Mexican
Blankets - Whether for yoga class or to
add a little Mexican flare to your home decor, our fine Mexican blankets are the
solution. We select only the finest hand crafted Molina Indian blankets. These
thick blankets are truly quality.
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.
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.
NAVAJO SAND PAINTINGS
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.
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.
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.
from our Reference
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.
the Andes mountains of Peru lies an ancient Inca city that remained undiscovered
until centuries after it was apparently abandoned.
was a powerful citadel tenable against all odds, a stronghold where a mere
handful of defenders could prevent a great army from taking the place by
assault. Why should any one have desired to be so secure from capture as to have
built a fortress in such an inaccessible place?
builders were not in search of fields. There is so little arable land here that
every square yard of earth had to be terraced in order to provide food for the
inhabitants. They were not looking for comfort or convenience. Safety was their
primary consideration. They were sufficiently civilized to practice intensive
agriculture, sufficiently skillful to equal the best masonry the world has ever
seen, sufficiently ingenious to make delicate bronzes, and sufficiently advanced
in art to realize the beauty of simplicity. What could have induced such a
people to select this remote fastness of the Andes, with all its disadvantages,
as the site for their capital, unless they were fleeing from powerful enemies.
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.
here to read more.
Rica is a place with pristine beaches, blue water, warm, sunny days, abundant
fish life, and welcoming people. Interestingly,
many people are not aware that Costa Rica is also home to 200 plus volcanic
formations, dating back 65 million years! Of
these, seven are active, which is related to the fertile soil.
the years, eruptions from these seven volcanoes have left massive destruction. Irazu is the highest volcano in Costa Rica while Poas is the second
widest, which measures almost one mile in diameter, and Arenal is the most
active. In 1963, Irazu erupted,
spewing ash over San Jose and other areas for two years. The amount of ash that fell was so significant rooftops were covered with
five inches while people had to walk around with a cloth to their face in order
to breathe. Click
here to read more.
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