Alebrijes are sculptures of imaginary creatures that have escaped the dreams of the artist and appear as colorfully painted sculptures. Alebrijes represent a variety of different species, both real and fantastic, and are native to the Valley of Oaxaca in Mexico. They are carved from Copal wood (and sometimes made with papier-mache).
Alebrijes are characterized by vibrant colors and details throughout, such as patterns, stripes, shapes, facial expressions and more. In addition, high-end Alebrijes display the unique style of each family workshops and their artists.
As a traditional indigenous community, much of its governance is based on social customs and norms. Most of the town’s residents make a living through a mixture of agriculture and the making of alebrijes. Many of the houses are decorated with these wooden creatures. These have brought national and international attention. However, it is still a very small town, which, despite the tourism it now receives, has no restaurants, except for one on the main highway outside of the town center.