Zapotec Dream Family Workshop
Traditional handcrafted Mexican alebrije sculptures in Mexico
"It's easy to find inspiration. We're surrounded by manifestations of nature, of history and culture. All of this can be seen in our designs.""Our family workshop came to life in a Zapotec town in Oaxaca. When we were still children, we learned how to help our parents with the farming. Our father, Enedino Cruz Hernandez, was one of the early wood carvers who created alebrijes.> Everyone in the family is very proud of him and we work to transmit the art to the next generation.
"The most fascinating part of our work is the connection we create with nature and our ancestral Zapotec culture. The colors elicit a sensation of mysticism that impregnates each work of art.
"One of the characteristics of our workshop is that we try to be sustainable in the use of wood. We use yacahuite pinewood or white copal wood, which we acquire from certified distributors. We also use the wood from other endemic types of copal, which are abundant in the region. For some special cases, we use other natural materials like soil, which we use to make dyes.
"When we decided to set up a workshop of our own, it was quite a challenge. We had to reconsider our goals and our discipline. We continue moving forward with the clear objective of sharing our family legacy, the Zapotec tradition of crafting alebrijes. Each one is a quality work of handcrafted art with a vision that is emblematic, innovative and symbolic of Oaxaca.
"We want to have an impact on Zapotec art.
"Our dream today is to create wood carvings that characterize us as a family committed to the reforestation of the copal tree.
"It's easy to find inspiration. We're surrounded by manifestations of nature, of history and culture. All of this can be seen in our designs."