Originally from San Martín Tilcajete, a town located in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca, at first these copal wood craftsmen were dedicated to the countryside, but eventually began to relate to the craftsmanship of their ancestors. Jacobo and María are producers of Zapotec figures carved in wood called “tonas” and “nahuales” known worldwide as alebrijes.
They have retaken the Mixtec-Zapotec iconography on each of their pieces in a unique style that they have developed over the years. This is born from a deep appreciation of its origins. The objective is to make known their Zapotec culture based on the figures they create. The “tonas” are the animals of the Zapotec calendar. The “nahual” is the animal fused with the human being. In addition, Jacobo and Maria have a workshop in their community, where members are constantly making new proposals in carving and decoration, capturing their imagination and strengthening their creativity.
Within its list of awards is the 2015 National Labor Prize, for its project “Decorated pieces carved in wood from different materials”, which sought an innovative practice for the improvement of craftsmanship productivity.