Paper Maché

Paper Maché from Mexico City

There is a wide misconception that the friendly monsters and fanciful animals known as alebrijes were invented by the wood carvers of Oaxaca. But in reality, paper maché artist Pedro Linares invented them.

In the 1930s, Pedro Linares (1906-1992) was already working in paper maché. One night, he dreamed of surreal magical animals playing in a forest and all shouting the word, alebrijes. He began creating these creatures, called them alebrijes, and the tradition was born. His sons still create them.

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