In this beautifully illustrated book, Michael Chibnik offers the first in-depth look at the international trade in Oaxacan wood carvings, including their history, production, marketing, and cultural representations.
Author: Michael Chibnik
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Since the mid-1980s, whimsical, brightly colored wood carvings from the Mexican state of Oaxaca have found their way into gift shops and private homes across the United States and Europe, as Western consumers seek to connect with the authenticity and tradition represented by indigenous folk arts. Ironically, however, the Oaxacan wood carvings are not a traditional folk art. Invented in the mid-twentieth century by non-Indian Mexican artisans for the tourist market, their appeal flows as much from intercultural miscommunication as from their intrinsic artistic merit. In this beautifully illustrated book, Michael Chibnik offers the first in-depth look at the international trade in Oaxacan wood carvings, including their history, production, marketing, and cultural representations. Drawing on interviews he conducted in the carving communities and among wholesalers, retailers, and consumers, he follows the entire production and consumption cycle, from the harvesting of copal wood to the final purchase of the finished piece. Along the way, he describes how and why this "invented tradition" has been promoted as a "Zapotec Indian" craft and explores its similarities with other local crafts with longer histories. He also fully discusses the effects on local communities of participating in the global market, concluding that the trade in Oaxacan wood carvings is an almost paradigmatic case study of globalization.
In many ways the woodcarvings that are made in small Oaxacan villages are
ideal for investigating how art objects, makers, ... Unlike many other handicrafts in
Oaxaca, which have long cultural and historical trajectories, Oaxacan woodcarving ...
Author: Alanna Cant
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Category: Social Science
Unlike many other handicrafts in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, which have long cultural and historical trajectories, Oaxacan woodcarving began in the second half of the twentieth century and has always been done for the commercial market. In The Value of Aesthetics, Alanna Cant explores how one family’s workshop in the village of San Martín Tilcajete has become the most critically and economically successful, surpassing those of neighbors who use similar materials and techniques. The dominance of this family is tied to their ability to produce a new aesthetic that appeals to three key “economies of culture”: the tourist market for souvenirs, the national market for traditional Mexican artesanías, and the international market for indigenous art. Offering a new analytical model by which anthropologists can approach visual aesthetics and conceptualize the power of artworks as socially active objects, The Value of Aesthetics shows how aesthetic practices produce and redefine social and political relationships. By investigating the links between aesthetics and issues of production, authorship, ownership, and identity, Cant shows aesthetic change to be a process that ultimately repackages everyday life into commodified objects in Oaxaca.
Archaeological Replicas and Cultural Production in Oaxaca, Mexico Ronda L.
Brulotte. San Martín Tilcajete became regular ... Oaxacan wood carving became
ubiquitous among foreign folk art dealers' inventories. By the end of the 1990s, ...
Author: Ronda L. Brulotte
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Oaxaca is internationally renowned for its marketplaces and archaeological sites where tourists can buy inexpensive folk art, including replicas of archaeological treasures. Archaeologists, art historians, and museum professionals sometimes discredit this trade in “fakes” that occasionally make their way to the auction block as antiquities. Others argue that these souvenirs represent a long cultural tradition of woodcarving or clay sculpting and are “genuine” artifacts of artisanal practices that have been passed from generation to generation, allowing community members to preserve their cultural practices and make a living. Exploring the intriguing question of authenticity and its relationship to cultural forms in Oaxaca and throughout southern Mexico, Between Art and Artifact confronts an important issue that has implications well beyond the commercial realm. Demonstrating that identity politics lies at the heart of the controversy, Ronda Brulotte provides a nuanced inquiry into what it means to present “authentic” cultural production in a state where indigenous ethnicity is part of an awkward social and racial classification system. Emphasizing the world-famous woodcarvers of Arrazola and the replica purveyors who come from the same community, Brulotte presents the ironies of an ideology that extols regional identity but shuns its artifacts as “forgeries.” Her work makes us question the authority of archaeological discourse in the face of local communities who may often see things differently. A departure from the dialogue that seeks to prove or disprove “authenticity,” Between Art and Artifact reveals itself as a commentary on the arguments themselves, and what the controversy can teach us about our shifting definitions of authority and authorship.
Author: Clare M. Wilkinson-WeberPublish On: 2016-02-25
Oaxacan. woodcarving. At first glance, Oaxacan woodcarvings appear to be
prototypical crafts; autochthonous aesthetic expressions grounded in the
traditional peasant lifeways of rural Oaxaca. As they are produced in small
Author: Clare M. Wilkinson-Weber
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Category: Social Science
From Oaxacan wood carvings to dessert kitchens in provincial France, Critical Craft presents thirteen ethnographies which examine what defines and makes 'craft' in a wide variety of practices from around the world. Challenging the conventional understanding of craft as a survival, a revival, or something that resists capitalism, the book turns instead to the designers, DIY enthusiasts, traditional artisans, and technical programmers who consider their labor to be craft, in order to comprehend how they make sense of it. The authors' ethnographic studies focus on the individuals and communities who claim a practice as their own, bypassing the question of craft survival to ask how and why activities termed craft are mobilized and reproduced. Moving beyond regional studies of heritage artisanship, the authors suggest that ideas of craft are by definition part of a larger cosmopolitan dialogue of power and identity. By paying careful attention to these sometimes conflicting voices, this collection shows that there is great flexibility in terms of which activities are labelled 'craft'. In fact, there are many related ideas of craft and these shape distinct engagements with materials, people, and the economy. Case studies from countries including Mexico, Nigeria, India, Taiwan, the Philippines, and France draw together evidence based on linguistics, microsociology, and participant observation to explore the shifting terrain on which those engaged in craft are operating. What emerges is a fascinating picture which shows how claims about craft are an integral part of contemporary global change.
Oaxacan Woodcarving : The Magic in the Trees . San Francisco ... The Food and
Life of Oaxaca : Traditional Recipes from Mexico's Heart . Books , 1993 . ...
Crafting Tradition : The Making and Marketing of Oaxacan Wood Carvings .
Author: Arden Rothstein
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
This beautiful reference introduces contemporary Mexican folk art by featuring prominent artists from Oaxaca in southeastern Mexico. Their unique artworks are introduced and illustrated. Crafted from natural materials, their ceramics, weaving, woodcarving, embroidery, tin work, toys, jewelry, candles, dried flower crafts, basketry, and celebrations of Day of the Dead handicrafts incorporate unique blends of indigenous myths with ancient patterns from Zapotec ruins. These folk art traditions have been preserved for hundreds of years. This sampler features 87+ artists belonging to 45+ families, many useful maps, and over 500 color photographs of their distinctive works. A useful resource section includes a list of shops and markets of Oaxaca City and 12 of its surrounding pueblos, and a glossary identifies the frequently-used Mexican terms that apply to these folk arts. This will be a treasured source of reference and inspiration for all who love folk art.
Oaxacan woodcarvings, also known as alebrijes, provide a particularly good
opportunity to investigate artisanal practices beyond ... character of these markets
means that Oaxacan woodcarving is for the most part aesthetically conservative.
Author: D Wood
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Throughout the 21st century, various craft practices have drawn the attention of academics and the general public in the West. In Craft is Political, D Wood has gathered a collection of essays to argue that this attention is a direct response to and critique of the particular economic, social and technological contexts in which we live. Just as Ruskin and Morris viewed craft and its ethos in the 1800s as a kind of political opposition to the Industrial Revolution, Wood and her authors contend that current craft activities are politically saturated when perspectives from the Global South, Indigenous ideology and even Western government policy are examined. Craft is Political argues that a holistic perspective on craft, in light of colonialism, post-colonialism, critical race theory and globalisation, is overdue. A great diversity of case studies is included, from craft and design in Turkey and craft markets in New Zealand to Indigenous practitioners in Taiwan and Finnish craft education. Craft is Political brings together authors from a variety of disciplines and nations to consider politicised craft.
Carving Their Niche by Lynn Stephen Crafting Tradition : The Making and
Marketing of Oaxacan Wood Carvings By Michael ... Crafting TRADITIÓN 600
THE MAKING AND The brightly painted woodcarvings called alebrijes have
become the ...
2003 INTERTRIBAL MARKETPLACE Traditional and Contemporary American
Indian Art Show * Woodcarving by Jacobo ... SHOW AND SALE : Oaxacan Folk
Art Carvings , Zapotec Rugs and Fine Embroidery from Mexico Photo by Topi Arvi
Crafts and Commodities : Oaxacan Wood Carvings was presented at the Inter -
American Development Bank in Washington , D . C . on May 29 , 2003 , as part of
the IDB Cultural Center Lectures Program . BIBLIOGRAPHY Appadurai , Arjun ...
Oaxaca's Peasantries Colin G. Clarke, Professor of Urban and Social Geography
School of Geography and the Environment ... Barbash , Shepard ( 1993 ) , Oaxacan Woodcarving : The Magic in the Trees ( San Francisco : Chronicle
Books ) .
Author: Colin G. Clarke
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Category: Social Science
'A thorough and wide-ranging study, into which Clarke adeptly weaves so many strands. The reader benefits from Clarke's intimate knowledge of Oaxaca, gained over many years of field research and from his meticulous approach to the data... The volume contains an appealing mix of the qualitative and the quantitative, well supported by maps, diagrams and photographs... undoubtedly an excellent addition to the Oxford Geographical and Environmental Studies Series.' -The Geographical Journal AreaThe land reform in Mexico that followed the Revolution of 1910-17 helped to reconstitute peasant communities in the lowland areas of Oaxaca, one of the poorest of the states, as a complement to the peasantries which had persisted from early colonial times at the higher altitudes. This book examines the history, production systems, and life styles of these communities, focusing in particular on their structure, ethnic movements, and political participation.
Hence our decision to move to Oaxaca and do the book . ( We also feared for the
health of our newborn son . ) WRITINGS : Oaxacan Woodcarving : The Magic in
the Trees , photographs by wife , Vicki Ragan , Chronicle Books ( San Francisco
Author: Kathleen Edgar
Publisher: Contemporary Authors
Your students and users will find biographical information on approximately 300 modern writers in this volume of Contemporary Authors®.
JEL 2003 – 1037 Presents an ethnography of the trade in wood carvings from the
Mexican state of Oaxaca based on research ... Discusses the history of Oaxacan wood carving , 1940 – 85 ; contemporary wood carving ; wood - carving ...
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In the case of Oaxacan woodcarvings , typical marketing strategies center on the
notion of the indigenous Zapotec craftsman . Unlike other Mexican crafts , which
may or may not be specifically associated with a particular ethnic group or ...
The fantastically colorful sculpted animals and figures of Oaxaca's wood-carvers
is the subject of Oaxacan Woodcarving (Chronicle Books, 1993), by Shepard
Barbash and photographed by Vicki Ragan, a finely illustrated exposition of
... The Wild Kingdom , in 1996 . wood carver Zeny Fuentes on Oaxacan woodcarving , and More information about these and other Graywolf titles are
Mexican clay artist Demetrio García Aguilar on Oaxacan available at the
publisher ' s web ...
See also Chibnik , Crafting Tradition , for an application of this approach to the
example of Oaxacan woodcarving and painting . 20. Wood , “ Flexible Production
. ” 21. Wood , “ To Learn Weaving below the Rock . ” 22. Harvey , The Condition
Author: W. Warner Wood
The story behind the international trade in Oaxacan textiles