4 printable Alebrije Masks

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Templates and instructions on making these vibrant Alebrije masks!

• 4 DIY animal Alebrije full color mask templates
• 4 Black & white mask templates to color-in your own way
• Easy to follow video instructions

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Make your own Alebrije mask: Rabbit, jaguar, owl and fox mask templates, or mix them up and make your own fantastical Alebrije creatures!

Printable Alebrije masks inspired by vibrant Alebrije sculptures, Mexican folk art carvings depicting animals, people, objects, and imaginary creatures painted with intense colors and intricate patterns.

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What are Alebrijes?

The first Alebrijes originated with the artist Pedro Linares.

In 1936, when he was 30 years old, Linares fell ill with a high fever, which caused him to hallucinate. In his fever dreams, he was walking in a forest with rocks and clouds, many of which turned into wild, unnaturally colored creatures, frequently featuring wings, horns, tails, fierce teeth and bulging eyes. He heard a crowd of voices repeating the nonsense word “alebrije.”

Once he recovered, he began to re-create the creatures he’d seen, using papier-mâché and cardboard. A gallery owner discovered his work, and this brought him to the attention of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, who began commissioning more alebrijes.

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The craft has become part of Mexico’s folk art repertoire. Although no two are exactly alike, most alebrijes have startlingly vibrant and colorful markings. They feature detailed patterns of stripes, dots, geometric shapes, flowers, and flames.

Today, alebrijes are made by artisans and sold as art in galleries and markets. Hand carved and painted wooden alebrijes are created by families in small towns outside the city of Oaxaca. In this region Copal wood is most commonly used, rather than papier mâché. The local artisans incorporated Linares’ visions into the pre-Hispanic woodcarving tradition that already existed among the indigenous Zapotec culture. The towns Arrazola, San Martin Tilcajete, and La Union Tejalapan each have their own carving and painting style that differs from the others.

Alebrijes in Disney’s Coco

You may have come across Pepita and Dante, alebrije spirit animals, featured in the Disney movie, Coco. Writer and Co-Director Adrian Molina collected Alebrijes as a child and now they have become a key part of the movie. In Mexican culture, Alebrijes are not specifically associated with El Día de los Muertos.

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Easy to make printable Alebrije masks

These Happythought Alebrije printable mask templates come in full color, and also as black and white versions to color in your own way. Why not also invent your own fantastical creatures by swapping the ears, beaks and other elements around?

You can use these templates in the classroom, for homeschool or as a fun play time activity. All you need is the Happythought printable templates, scissors, a glue stick and some ribbon to secure your mask.

Your purchase includes:

  • 4 DIY animal Alebrije full color mask templates
  • 4 Black & white mask templates to color-in your own way
  • Easy to follow video tutorial instructions (Fox, Rabbit, Jaguar and Owl)
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4 reviews for 4 printable Alebrije Masks

  1. Lory

    Excelente actividad para todas las edades a las que les gustan las máscaras de papel!

  2. Gabriela Rivera

    Me gustan los alebrijes!!!!!

  3. Lucila

    Me gusta mucho!!!!
    Ya que me encantan las manualidades y estas plantillas estan muy bonitas.

  4. Sarah Sofia

    Me encantan los alebrijes

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