Oaxacan (pronounced Wa-Haw-Ken) wood carvings are whimsical and enchanting art figures that have captivated collectors and enthusiast worldwide. These imaginative and brilliantly colored figures are hand-carved and painted in tiny villages in the states of Oaxaca, home of the Zapotec Indians in Southern Mexico.
Each figure is handmade from Copal wood from the hills surrounding the Oaxacan Valley using machetes and pocket knives. It can take up to a full week to complete one figure. Oaxacan wood carving is an authentic folk art that knows only the boundaries of the imaginations of the carvers.
No two pieces are identical.