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Alebrijes (Spanish pronunciation: [aleˈβɾixes]) are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures. The first alebrijes, along with use of the term, originated with Pedro Linares. In the 1930s, Linares fell very ill and while he was in bed, unconscious, Linares dreamt of a strange place resembling a forest. There, he saw trees, animals, rocks, clouds that suddenly turned into something strange, some kind of animals, but, unknown animals. He saw a donkey with butterfly wings, a rooster with bull horns, a lion with an eagle head, and all of them were shouting one word, "Alebrijes". Upon recovery, he began recreating the creatures he saw in cardboard and papier-mâché and called them Alebrijes.

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The Feria is coming and with it comes one of Mexico's premier families specializing in Alibrijes.  In general, the Feria represents a fantastic opportunity to see the very best in Mexican folk art and to interact with and buy directly from the artisans at prices far below gallery prices.  Don't miss it!

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Alejibres were invented by the family Linares and the family located at the back of the Sonora market in Mexico still make then.. The artisans from Oaxaca then started making some in painted wood rather than papier maché There are 2 villages in Oaxaca that specialize in alebrijes.. now you also see animals make of wire called alambrijes.. because for some of you whó do not speak Spanish alambre is a metal wire and it is a take of after alebrijes.

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