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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
from our Reference
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.
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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
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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.
particular rainforest is a special reserve of 371,000 hectares found in Guyana. First established in 1989, very little was known about this area prior to
that time. However, with a
substantial amount of archaeological data, is has been proven that occupations
of Horticultural and Archaic existed. In
all, 29 sites have been recorded to date. Although
it appears the Paleo Indians did not occupy this area of Guyana, experts believe
evidence to the contrary will show up some day due to what appears a strong
here to read more.
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