These are handcrafts made with the technique of cardboard, which are painted with bright and vibrant colors. The alebrijes are imaginary beings formed by elements of different animals, combining several animals, fantastic and real to form an amazing being.
Cardboard, a technique used in Mexico for the elaboration of piñatas and Mexican judas. It consists of modeling paper, usually newspaper, with cardboard. In the technique used for the alebrijes a wire or reed structure is used that is lined with paper and cardboard. Finally, the finishing is done with various painting techniques that give them that psychedelic look.
Pedro Linares López (1906-1992), was a Mexican artist born in Mexico City (DF) and creator of these paper mache figurines, the alebrijes. He created them after becoming sick at 30 years of age. While in bed unconscious, Linares dreamed of a strange place resembling a forest. Suddenly rocks, clouds and animals became something strange, a 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 they all screamed in unison, the word was “Alebrijes.” Pedro gave life to his vision and with this was born this art, which in a short time was appreciated both nationally and internationally. Leaving Pedro Linares, as one of the best artisans in Mexico.