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Marybel González believes in helping the people of the Corredor Seco or "Dry Corridor", an area in southeastern Guatemala which is prone to drought; artisans from this region have difficulty selling what they create, so she attempts to recycle some of what they produce such as petate, which is made by weaving together dried palm fronds, and cord made from maguey, or "agave americana," fibers. Both these materials are present in this uncommon, charming handmade nativity scene from Marybel. The Holy Family stands on a petate base, and Mary and Joseph's bodies are created from woven maguey. Petate, maguey, and jute recycled from coffee sacks all figure in the detailing of the personages. Mary's head covering and the figures' faces are created with manta, a coarse cotton cloth. Joseph holds a bamboo staff, and Mary cradles the Baby Jesus who sleeps soundly in swaddling clothes made from jute.
I collect nativities, and was excited to add this one to my collection. Made from unique natural materials, it is beautifully imagined. Because of what it is made from, I am displaying it in the Summer. Blends well with shells and a beach decorating theme.
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