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Wool Animals from Mexico

         

   

These cute animals are completely hand made and from the village of San Cristobal de las Casas, in the central highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. Though it boasts the three largest hydroelectric dams in the country, it is the poorest state in Mexico, and most of the state’s inhabitants live without electricity or running water.

Despite this extreme poverty this area is rich in indigenous culture, natural beauty and traditional crafts. Each item is unique and made with natural, hand-spun wool shorn from local, sustainably raised sheep. Weaving and embroidering textiles is a tradition in this region that decends from the ancient Mayan people. Most traditional clothing worn in Chiapas today is still made from wool.

The production of these toys utilizes leftover scraps of wool fabric, creating a small but unique source of income for several families in the region. These toys are purchased directly from the women who create them, allowing the crafters to receive a fair price for their goods. A fairly traded, cooperative produced product.  Proceeds benefit the craftspeople.

Zanzibar offers a wide selection of animals (only a portion are pictured here) in several sizes.

Prices range from under $10.00 to $30.00

     

     

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