Fanciful alebrijes, exquisitely detailed black pottery, stunning textiles, and other wonderful works of art await the visitor’s viewing pleasure in the Museum of Popular Art Oaxaca.
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The artists of San Bartólo Coyotepec, where the museum is located, are famous for their black pottery (barro negro). After forming the brown clay vases, bowls and characters entirely by hand, potters using small knives and other specialized tools cut in surface designs and see-throughs. The clay changes to a pearly black color as it is fired.
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Sometimes outlandish, often humorous, but always gracefully carved and vividly painted, alebrijes hold the power to make the viewer gasp with astonishment at the meticulous hand painting or smile at the whimsy of the creator.
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Fiber artists of southern Mexico are well-known for producing gorgeous textiles that are used for clothing, bags, tablecloths, and bedspreads. Artisans weave with backstrap looms, table looms, and floor looms, and they often decorate their weavings with colorful hand embroidery.