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Alebrije: "Ranita"

By Marcela Ruppli-Juin 
Technique: Cartoneria (similar to Paper-Mâché / Cartapesta).

Size: 15x15x15 cm 


"Alebrijes are a 100 year-old Mexican artisan craft. They depict fantasy creatures that combine features of several elements: water, wind, earth and fire. They are made of paper and wire; and are generally brightly colored. Marcela prefers their natural paper color, although not always.


Alebrijes are made with the Cartoneria technique, a Mexican artisan craft inherited from Spain and was originally used to make dolls for girls who could not afford porcelain. The craft was an adaptation to the traditional Papier-Mache, in that it uses a thick craft paper. 


This piece is a small frog or Ranita (in Spanish)


Alebrijes are laborious, but always a fun project to undertake. Leaves a lot of freedom to the imagination.” MRJ


Available at our Gallery in Locarno or here.

Shipping cost within Switzerland: CHF 30.-

Alebrije: "Ranita" (15x15x15cm)

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