Hand Painted Ceramic Heart-Shaped Ornaments (Set of 4)
Love Quartet, Hand Painted Ceramic Heart-Shaped Ornaments (Set of 4)
Maribel PossoThis set of four heart-shaped ceramic ornaments will add a touch of love and warmth to your holiday tree, or as a decoration for your home any time of year. Hand crafted and painted by Maribel Posso...$39.99
Artist: Maribel Posso
Buddhism Fish Ornament Handmade Recycled Paper (Pair)
Happiness Fish, Buddhism Fish Ornament Handmade Recycled Paper (Pair)
Somyot SawasdeeSaid to bring happiness and freedom, fish are one of the eight sacred symbols of Buddha, inspiring this pair of ornaments from Thailand. Somyot Sawasdee crafts each ornament by hand by recycling paper...$49.99
Artist: Somyot Sawasdee
Artisan Crafted 9-Piece Day of the Dead Theme Nativity Scene
Calaveras, Artisan Crafted 9-Piece Day of the Dead Theme Nativity Scene
Jose Canil RamosCarved by hand from pinewood, this unique nativity scene is comprised of nine pieces. Jose Canil Ramos depicts the Holy Family with an angel, the Three Kings, a donkey and a cow. The figures appear as...$137.99
Artist: Jose Canil Ramos
Handcrafted Blue and Green Cotton Pompom Tassels (Set of 4)
Flowing Waters, Handcrafted Blue and Green Cotton Pompom Tassels (Set of 4)
Martha LopezMexican artisan Martha Lopez handcrafts a set of four cotton pompom tassels that blend the colors of peacock blue and emerald green. Above the tassel and pompom, the threads are woven together in a...$34.99
2 Eco-Friendly Recycled Paper Thai Fish Theme Ornaments
Puffer Fish, 2 Eco-Friendly Recycled Paper Thai Fish Theme Ornaments
Somyot SawasdeeTwo rotund puffer fish come to life as whimsical eco-friendly ornaments. Always mindful of the ecology, Thailand's Somyot Sawasdee transforms castoffs into original décor objects. He crafts the green...$57.99
Artist: Somyot Sawasdee
Festive Joy in Turquoise
Turquoise Cotton Pompom Handcrafted Garland from Mexico
Festive Joy in Turquoise, Turquoise Cotton Pompom Handcrafted Garland from Mexico
Martha LopezGive your holiday tree or any special place in your home a splash of color with this turquoise cotton garland. Handcrafted by Mexican artisan Martha Lopez, the garland features a row of pompoms and is...$14.99
Spread the Joy in Sea Green
Handcrafted Sea Green Pompom and Tassel Cotton Garland
Spread the Joy in Sea Green, Handcrafted Sea Green Pompom and Tassel Cotton Garland
Martha LopezLet joyous color fill your home with this playful sea green cotton garland. Handcrafted by Mexican artisan Martha Lopez, the garland features alternating pompoms and tassels.$14.99
Turquoise Blue Holiday Decor(7 items)
Welcome to the Turquoise Blue 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.
Jose Canil Ramos Wood sculptures
"Most of the time I work with the idea of something, rather than with its photo, because I feel it hampers my inspiration and then I'm not happy with the final product."