Holiday Decor Folk Art(59 items)
Welcome to the Holiday Decor Folk Art 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 Folk Art
Fun gifts for Year of the Mouse (Rat)
Claudio Ojedas ornaments are always amazing... Such artistic detail.. I have purchased many of Claudios ornaments to give to friends as gifts... I keep one for myself, of course. Looking forward to see what new ones he creates.
These are my Happy Hearts
I got these because they were useful all year round--on the Christmas Tree, for Valentines Day, for Easter, or whatever. In between times, I just hang them in various locations around the house and it makes me happy to see them sitting on the corner of the windowsill, hanging from a decorative cabinet handle, resting in a bin of colored straw like an Easter Egg, or whatever. They are colorful, beautiful, and a pleasure to have around the house. I thought I might put one on each gift for Christmas but I got greedy and kept them all for myself. :)
Excellent and adorable!
These little guys are beautiful and although I bought them for myself, I will probably buy more to give as gifts. They are so bright, colorful and cheerful. I really like how small they are, They will be wonderful additions to my Christmas tree!
Isabelle Collins Traditional Talavera style pottery
"I want my work to tell you stories, to take you on a trip across time to colonial Puebla and, always, to exalt our Mexican traditions."
"The splendid Talavera ceramics of Puebla are a true work of art. I don't say this... read more
Popular Holiday Decor Folk Art
Five Painted Heart-Shaped Alebrije Mini Ornaments, "Alebrije Hearts"$47.99
Crafted by hand of Mexican copal wood, five loving hearts are hand-painted with intricate, colorful designs. Working in the time-honored tradition of Oaxaca's sculptures, Claudio Ojeda creates this set of petite ornaments, perfect for home decor or for hanging on the tree.
Festive Hand Painted Ceramic Cat Ornaments (Set of 6), "Festive Cats"$34.99
Jose Arriola in Guatemala creates this delightful assortment of six festive cat ornaments, each in a different color. The hand-painted ornaments are crafted of ceramic and ready to hang on the tree with red polyester ribbons. The ornament set arrives in a hand woven cotton storage bag.
Set of 6 Guatemalan Worry Doll Ornaments Crafted by Hand, "Worry Dolls Share the Love"$25.99
Traditional Guatemalan worry dolls share the love as festive ornaments by the Lopez Garcia Family. Each doll in the set of six is crafted by hand and wears a handwoven skirt and headdress. "The idea is to trust each doll with whatever troubles you. It is said that during the night, while we sleep, the dolls will whisper the solution to our troubles," says Ana from the Lopez Garcia Family. The set of six arrives in a hand-loomed cotton pouch.
Legend has it that the Maya Sun God gave princess Ixmucané the gift of solving people's problems. With time people started making dolls in Ixmucané's honor and they would tell her their woes, hoping she would solve them through the dolls.
Please expect slight variations in color and size as each doll is crafted by hand with available materials, making each one unique.
Christmas Tree Talavera Ceramic Ornaments (Set of 4), "Talavera Christmas Trees"$19.99
Working in the folk art tradition of Talavera handicrafts, Mexican artisan Juana Ponce creates this stunning ornament set. Crafted in the shape of Christmas trees with stars on top, these four ornaments feature colorful floral designs that are painted by hand.