Alebrijes are brightly colored Oaxacan-Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures. Carving a piece, which is done while the copal wood is still wet, can take from hours to a month, depending on the size and fineness of the piece.
San Martín Tilcajete is known for its wood carvings of real and fantastic animals painted with bright colors and designs. This is part of Oaxaca’s tradition of being a leading producer folk and modern art, sold all over the world. The making of these animals is the major source of income for many of the families here, using carving techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation.