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Hand-painted with floral designs over turquoise-colored bodies, two vibrant rabbits dangle in this pair of earrings from Mexico. Artisans Antonio and Macedonia Fuentes design these earrings, which are hand-carved from copal wood in the traditional style of alebrije handicrafts. Each earring swings from a hook of sterling silver.
The alebrije tradition started with Mexico City papier mache artisan Pedro Linares (1906-1992). When he was 30, he fell into a coma due to serious illness. While he was unconscious, he dreamed he was caught between the land of the living and the dead; the place looked like a forest and was populated with creatures with body parts belonging to different animals. The beings repeatedly uttered the word alebrije. Upon recovering, Linares recreated these figures in bright colors using papier mache techniques and called them alebrijes. His work became famous and was one of the main influences of artisans in the state of Oaxaca who began crafting alebrijes of their own using traditional wood carving methods.