Holiday Decor(144 items)
Welcome to the Holiday Decor Collection at NOVICA.
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Novica artisans always strive to craft high-quality, environmentally-conscious pieces. They look for ways to reuse and repurpose materials, and have discovered creative methods of sculpting ornaments out of recycled cardboard and paper. Leftover materials from past projects, such as albesia wood, felt, and even cement, all find new life in eco-friendly ornaments. Each artist lists their materials under product details. You will find complete transparency in those descriptions and discover a large selection of eco-friendly Christmas decorations.
The most commonly used materials for handmade ornaments depends on resources available to the craftsman. Balinese artisans incorporate hand-painted wood and iron. Artisans in India, Central America, and Mexico work in clay, ceramics, and natural fibers. But even when regions utilize the same materials, their unique craftsmanship shines through in style and design. In India, the ancient technique of zardozi embroidery uses thin copper wires to make beautiful, sparkling Christmas ornaments. Artists are able to take common, everyday elements and turn them into extraordinary, one-of-a-kind pieces.
We love giving ornaments as gifts because they are creative, unique, and meaningful during the holiday season. Whether youre looking for hand-painted works, beaded wonders, or woven treasures, each one is a piece of culture and history. Look for whimsical ornaments from Thailand designed with images of elephants and bells. Search for matte chiseled pumpkins and owls by Peruvian artisans. Central American ornaments delight with hand-painted perfection. Whether you choose a decorative stocking from West Africa or a hand-blown glass masterpiece from the Andes, decorations are a wonderful way to spread some holiday cheer!
Hand painted ornaments differ significantly from region to region. Each depicts specific themes and images important to the culture. In the Andes, ornaments often feature owls, costumed characters, and angels. Bali expresses its festivities with design focused around stars, snowflakes, and traditional Christmas figures. Thailand, Mexico and India have popularized designs surrounding animals and intricate depictions of nature. Handmade ornaments are festive works that highlight the unique skills and cultures of artisans from around the world.
Excellent question! Decorations should definitely be handled with care. Store them in clean, safe spaces with minimal exposure to harsh particles. For extra precaution, pack each ornament separately so as to avoid breakage. Most ornaments do not require extensive cleaning, but if it should become necessary, always use soaps and detergents free from harsh chemicals. Mostly, a simple wipe should be enough to remove dust and tree debris.
From table tops to floor set-ups beneath the Christmas tree, nativity scenes are a traditional holiday centerpiece in homes around the world. Often entire families come together to partake in the experience. While there is no single right way to set up a nativity scene, certain details tend to cross regional and cultural divides. Biblical characters, animals and religious props often form the foundation of the nativity scene, while customizable pieces add extra flare. Hanging stars showcase the night sky. Decorated motifs, backdrops, ornaments, and figurines may be used to embellish a simple scene.
Absolutely! Artisans that create beaded ornaments use skills passed down for generations. Whether beads are hand-sewn onto fabric, as is the case with many of our Indian ornaments, or strung onto nylon twine, as with many West African ornaments, each piece is made with careful attention to detail.
Different cultures and regions celebrate the holidays in their own unique ways, emphasizing various decor, art, and symbolism. In the Andes, for example, Christmas ornaments consist of clay pendants in the shapes of fruit, animals, and multicolored, knitted fabrics. Bali utilizes wood, iron and even recycled paper to craft ornaments, which are often in the shape of stars, Santa Claus figurines, snowflakes, and reindeer. In the regions of Brazil and Thailand, artisans utilize hand-painted ceramics, wood, and natural fibers, while Mexico is famous for their pottery and clay. India specializes in pieces made out of decorative embroidery. Each region crafts celebratory ornaments that highlight the unique customs and art forms within their communities.
Featured Reviews on Holiday Decor
I just received this amazing stocking today (which is fine based on when I ordered it). It is absolutely amazing! Especially the quality for the price, not to mention the artistry! I could not be more pleased and look forward to enjoying it for every year going forward. Thanks Novica and this wonderful artist!
These guys are so great and a wonderful addition to my Christmas decorations! They are also an amazing value when you see the amount of artistry and skill in creating them. Highly recommended - I am sure you will not be disappointed. (They are one-sided, but that worked perfectly for me.....)
My maiden name contains the German word for owl (Eule) and therefore I have a special feeling for owls. I appreciate the well made embellishment (fine, detailled lines) of this product which I used as a decoration on my window during Christmas time (together with the sleeping lamas from Peru)
Dinesh Holiday ornaments
"I was always fascinated by our country's rich cultural diversity. And the beautiful craft work of different states brought me closer to my dream, which is to promote the craft work of India."
"I was born in the city of joy – Calcutta – now known as Kolkata. My family soon shifted to... read more
Popular Holiday Decor
Unique Holiday Ornaments of Alpacas and Bears (Set of 4), "Alpacas and Bears"$19.99
This charming set of holiday ornaments comes from Sudaluck Theppanya in Thailand. The set of two alpacas and two bears is crafted of off-white cotton fabric and paper, with polyfill stuffing and faux suede cords. Red polka-dotted paper scarves and hats add a splash of color to the set.
Dried Mate Gourd Owls Ornaments Wearing Hats (Set of 3), "Holiday Owls"$29.95
Wearing colorful caps with flowers on the end, three owls patiently await the holiday season. Peru's Margarita and Martha handcraft the sweet bird ornaments of dried mate gourds. The bird ornaments arrive nestled in a storage box.
Cultural Cotton Angel Ornaments from Guatemala (Set of 6), "Quitapenas Angels"$21.95
In the traditional style of or worry dolls, these angelic ornaments are created by the Guatemalan artisans of the Lopez Garcia Family. Each angel features sparkling paper wings in a different color, and wears a dress made from handwoven cotton fabric with colorful stripes. This set arrive with a handy handwoven cotton storage pouch.