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
HUICHOL YARN ART
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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.
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.
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.
OAXACAN WOOD CARVINGS
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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.
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 BEAD ART
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- 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
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.
Olmec civilization of Mexico was in existence from 1200 BC to 600 AD. These ancient people lived in the lowlands where they were often referred
to as “Mother Nature” although they called themselves, “Xi” (Shi). One of the distinguishing factors of this civilization is that they had
very large heads, which on most appeared as being deformed. This understanding came from years of archeological study to include
drawings, statues, and other artifacts.
in the Tuxtlas mountains, today more than 170 monuments created by the Olmec
have been discovered in the area with 80% of those being from the three largest
Olmec areas to include La Venta, Tabasco, San Lorenzo Tenochititlan, Veracruz,
and Laguna de Los Cerros, Veracruz, 38%, 30%, and 12% respectively. For the three regions where the Olmec lived, each had specific natural
resources to help with their economy.
Click 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.
Much like the Mayan civilization, the Inca Indians
were way before their time, considered an advanced civilization with multiple
accomplishments. Migrating from the
Andes in 1200 AD, the Incas began taking control over many of the other tribes
in the area. As a new tribe was
conquered, the Incas were able to learn more and more while forcing their own
belief and religion onto the people. For
the next 100 years, this tribe had grown so massive that the people covered
areas from the northern parts of Ecuador all the way to Chili, making them a
The Inca language is called Quechua and the empire Tawantinsuyu, translating to
“land of four quarter.” This
empire and all its land were divided, meeting at the capital called Cuzco, Peru.
Interestingly, if you were to travel to the central highlands of the Andes
today, you would still be able to enjoy and marvel at many of the empire ruins.
the year 1532, the Inca Indians had accumulated vast land that stretched from
the Pacific coast, heading across the Andes to the Atlantic coast, and then from
the central portion of Chili all the way to Ecuador. Because of their incredibly organized government that was based in the
capital city, the Incas were able to achieve and conquer. The capital city was the home to the emperor, regarded simply as “The
Inca”. This emperor ruled over
every aspect of the Inca civilization, being the leader to noblemen, who were
responsible for the success of this civilization with their unmatched skills.
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