Alebrijes are crafts composed of strange figures that are part of Mexican traditions and culture. We can find them in various shapes and sizes. But perhaps what is most surprising is their incredible diversity of cheerful colors that make them unique.
In them, we can find fantastic animals mixed together, such as a lion with eagle feathers and a giraffe neck or a dragon with mouse ears and a monkey’s tail. Alebrijes are perhaps the most surreal and striking art figures made in Mexico.
Behind the manufacture of these crafts, there is a cultural richness that is connected with the ancient pre-Hispanic peoples such as the Zapotec.
For this reason, in the municipality of San Martín Tilcajete, located in Oaxaca, entire families participate, inheriting this technique from generation to generation. There they are made by hand and for their elaboration they use a log of wood, paint, sandpaper, wedge and machete.
Alebrijes can have different textures such as feathers, tree shapes, or borders that are geometric lines that meet at right angles.