Sweet Father Christmas
Dried Gourd Father Christmas Hanging Ornaments (set of 3)
Sweet Father Christmas, Dried Gourd Father Christmas Hanging Ornaments (set of 3)
Daniel VargasProviding holiday spirit with an Andean flair, this set of three handmade Father Christmas ornaments is crafted in the time-honored Peruvian mate burilado, or "engraved gourd," style....$23.99
Handmade Dried Mate Gourd Hanging Cat Ornaments (set of 3)
Feline Dream, Handmade Dried Mate Gourd Hanging Cat Ornaments (set of 3)
Daniel VargasThe dreams of these three sleeping kitties are probably as simple as enjoying a saucer of milk, but Daniel Vargas, the Peruvian artisan who makes them by hand, has bigger dreams, such as growing his...$29.99
Nativity Scene 17pc Carved Wood Sculpture Set
Petite Christmas, Nativity Scene 17pc Carved Wood Sculpture Set
John BarrowJohn Barrow celebrates the first Christmas with this exquisite nativity scene. Sleek and modern, the petite figures are carved from native ishpingo wood and stained in deep, rich colors. The Three...$299.99
Artist: John Barrow
Traditional Nativity in Grey
Handmade Stone Nativity Scene with a Grey Roof from Peru
Traditional Nativity in Grey, Handmade Stone Nativity Scene with a Grey Roof from Peru
Galvez FamilyCelebrating the traditional Christian nativity, the Galvez Family creates this wonderful addition to your home decor. Gathered beneath a grey roof, Joseph, Mary, and an angel watch over baby Jesus...$49.99
Artist: Galvez Family
Virgin of the Andes
Peruvian Artisan Crafted Dried Gourd Ornaments (set of 3)
Virgin of the Andes, Peruvian Artisan Crafted Dried Gourd Ornaments (set of 3)
Daniel VargasArtisan Daniel Vargas was born in the Andean community of Cochas Chico in central Peru and practices the age-old craft of mate burilado which means "engraved gourd" in Spanish. Here he has...$34.99
Handmade Ceramic Aztec Calendar Ornaments (Set of 4)
Festive Calendars, Handmade Ceramic Aztec Calendar Ornaments (Set of 4)
Angel Ceron Artisan AssociationDesigned by artisans from the Angel Ceron Artisan Association, this set of four ornaments from Mexico will add the beauty of pre-Hispanic cultures to your tree this holiday season. Four iconic Aztec...$39.99
Artist: Angel Ceron Artisan Association
Birth in the Bell Tower
Artisan Crafted Nativity Scene Ceramic Sculpture from Peru
Birth in the Bell Tower, Artisan Crafted Nativity Scene Ceramic Sculpture from Peru
Dionisio RojasBells peal out the joyous news on the very first Christmas. Accompanied by shepherds, kings and animals, Mary and Joseph receive the Christ child in a distinctive Andean setting. Twin doves hover just...$67.99
Artist: Dionisio Rojas
Earthtone Holiday Decor(7 items)
Welcome to the Earthtone Holiday Decor Collection at NOVICA.
The Village Council
Your answers straight from the village experts
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.
Daniel Vargas Traditional Andean mate gourd art
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