Amate Bark Paintings

(pronounced Ah-mah-tae)  
Derived from the Native American Nahuatl "AMATL", short for amacuahuitl, literally, paper tree from amatl, meaning paper + cuahuitl, meaning tree. 

This paper made, from tree bark, has been produced by Mexico's indigenous peoples since at least the eleventh century. Used in religious ceremonies and for important manuscripts, it holds deep cultural significance.
After the Conquest, the Spaniards introduced European paper to the country and banned amate. In remote villages high in the Sierra Madre Oriental, the Otomí people kept the amate-making tradition alive. Meanwhile, the Nahua people of Central Mexico had developed their own trademark craft: finely painted pottery detailing scenes of village life. In the 1960's the two traditions met when Nahua artists began painting their intricate designs on amate purchased from the Otomí. A handful of Nahua villages in the state of Guerrero including San Agustin Oapan, Ameyaltepec, Ahuehuepan, Ahuelican, and Xalitla became centers for this art of bark painting, which today constitutes a major source of income for Nahua and Otomí artisans alike.  

Small Amate Bark Paintings
Item Code  - ABPS
Approximately  3-1/2" X 6"

The Wedding
Two Doves

Greased Pole Climber
La Pinata
Kissing the Bride

Festive Dog
Growing Corn
Blue Dove

Horse Race

The Dance

The Doe

Large Amate Bark Paintings

Price Per Quantity
Item Code  - ABPL
Approximately  6" X 8"


Hidden Dove

Horse Race
Farm Work

The Quinceanera

The Bull Rider


The Pinata

Purple Dove

The Wedding

Blue Dove

Greased Pole Climber


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