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Authentic Alebrijes Coming to Coronado

Presented by Fair Trade Decor

Friday, July 6, 2018 - Sunday, July 8, 2018

Fair Trade Decor 828 Orange Ave Coronado, CA 92118


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 Coco movie fans are in for a real treat July 6th-8th, when alebrijes artisans Saul Aragon-Ramirez and Alma Arreola arrive from the village of Arrazola, Oaxaca, Mexico. This talented husband and wife team work together to carve and hand paint the beautiful fantasy animals from copal wood.

Alebrijes are an internationally respected Mexican tradition that first originated with Pedro Linares in the 1930s. Linares fell ill and while unconscious he dreamt of a strange forest. There, he saw animals turning into fantasies. Donkeys with butterfly wings, a rooster with bullhorns and many more creatures, with all of them shouting one word, “Alebrijes.” Upon recovering, he began recreating these figures in cardboard and paper-maché.

Local retailer, Fair Trade Décor, will host Alma and Saul at their store located at 828 Orange Avenue all weekend July 6 through 8. The carving and painting demonstrations will take place July 6th, from 3:00-8:00 pm, and July 7th and 8th from 10:30am-2:30 pm. On Saturday, July 7th, they will be joined by a Latin music trio from the group Son Pa Ti from 12:00-3:00 pm. The band will add to the celebration of Mexican art with a fun mix of Latin musical styles.

Large and small alebrijes will be available for purchase throughout the weekend. They are sold following the principles of the Fair Trade Federation, which among other things provides the opportunity for each artisan to earn several times the Mexican minimum wage while preserving their local culture and helping to protect their environment. Proceeds from the sale support the artisans in Arrazola and allow them to maintain a workshop there to pass the tradition on to the next generation.