Jicaras Labradas

About …

The ground bowls have been a very important seed for our country since the Mayan culture appeared. It has been a tool used for eating, music and water storage. It is very similar to the “bule” but its shape is a little bit more round and it is usually found on the Southwestern states of Mexico. The pieces that are made with the ground bowls are a piece of art. The carved seeds are impressions of the Mixtecos wishing to open paths that “lead to heaven” were the Nahuales of the wind live, it is also to connect with the ground Nahuales and their ancestors. The ground bowl doesn’t just tell stories about the Nahuales, but instead every animal has a value or a story for what every piece has a meaning. It is a very laborious and creative process to elaborate one of this ground bowls. They only use a small knife to do each drawing. Mr. Idelfonso lives in Oaxaca and has Mixtecan origins; he is a master of this technique.