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PhotoHunt: Favorite


Oaxacan Carved Cats

Oaxacan wood carved cat figure

This week's photohunt is Favorite. I thought about this for a while. Several items came to mind; hike, garden, flower, food. But I wanted to do something a little bit more personal and I choose to show my favorite souvenir.

I started collecting Oaxacan wood carvings of cats on our first trip to Tuscon. We travel each spring to view the wildflowers and gardens in the Southwest. The gift stores will frequently have a small assortment of Oaxacan wood carvings. These are a traditional art from the area around Oaxaca Mexico. The "figuras" are carved typically in the form of an animal but some are more fantastic and are then called "alebrije". They are painted in bright colors and decorated. Some are rather simple and other very elaborate. Here is more information on the process used to create the figuras.

I've collected several over the years during our travels in the Western States. I always look over the selection of various animals and find a cat. One day I hope to travel to Oaxaca to see the artisans in action and purchase them directly.

Here are a few of my favorites.

Oaxacan Carved Cats

Oaxacan Carved Cats

Oaxacan Carved Cats
The smallest one of the collection

Oaxacan Carved Cats
Doesn't he look old?

Oaxacan Carved Cats
My favorite - I love the flowers and bright red

Comments (15)

This is one amazing collection, they are really beautiful! And I can almost feel your excitement when you get to add another one on each trip! :)


Marta - what a great collection of cats you have!

Thanks for sharing them with us.


Now that's a great collection, Marta. Hope the week has treated you well. :)


Love 'em!


A very nice collection indeed! And I love the way you photographed them!!

that's not a bad thing to collect, quite adorable


These cats are amazing! So... do you buy a cat for each time you visit to Tucson/the Southwest?? ;b

Marta: Yes I do. I also look for them when I visit California.

Kim [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Marta, those are beautiful carvings.

Awwww, the little guy is darling!
Nice collection, Marta!


I love your collection, and your favorite piece is beautiful and looks very Mexican to me!
Learned something new today through your post.
Happy weekend :)

What a wonderful collection! I have a couple of colorful painted wooden cats. I don't think either are Oaxacan wood carvings though. I love cats. I can see how these are so special to you. Great designs!

in my country there is an industry dealing with handicraft but the colors on yr cat for example r totally unique. never seen them before.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Marta, great phototheme photos. That's a really neat collection. So colorful.

The figuras are so cute and whimsical. I love them all but the smallest one is adorable.

I visited Oaxaca a few times back in the 1970's when I was studying in Mexico City. It is a beautiful city, full of color and with amazing markets.

I love these! Amazing how much personality they have (and each one is so different from the others). Great thing to collect.

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