Leobardo Espiritu Rocha

Papel amate (handmade paper)

Covid-19 Sale

Calle 2 de abril #86 Col. centro San Pablito Pahuatlán Puebla
776 763 4123, 766 100 5341 WhatsApp


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Leobardo Espiritu Rocha is Otomí. The Otomí are the fifth largest ethnic group in Mexico, and are dispersed over a five state area. Some Otomí pueblos are located deep in a remote region know as the Hausteca. These villages still retain a strong sense of traditional beliefs and customs. Their world is filled with a pantheon of invisible spirits, good and evil, which affect every aspect of life.

Many events from building a house, death, arguments with neighbors, successful harvests or even love, are explained by the presence of the spirits. The shaman use beautiful paper dolls (Dahi) cut from handmade amate paper to represent and manipulate these forces. They conduct cleansings, healings and "costumbres" (ritual ceremonies) with the "Dahi" to protect the villagers.

Although they keep alive the art of making amate, Leobardo has taken this art form to a new level. He twists and molds the paper into fantastic patterns. Strips of the paper are braided, twisted and inserted into the design seamlessly.

The paper is, in fact, the bark of the Jonote tree that is soaked in a hot water bath with natural dyes such as flowers, ash, etc. Later the pulp strips are placed on a board in a grid form and hammered with a flat stone until the paper holds its form. Leobardo has developed several very interesting methods to decorate the paper with natural found objects such as seeds. He also embroiders the paper by hand and elaborately records designs representing the different Otomí gods.


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La Feria no asume ninguna responsabilidad por cualquier venta realizada a través del uso de nuestro sitio web. Las transacciones deben realizarse entre el comprador y el artesano directamente. En el caso de que surja un problema de idioma, en el que el comprador y/o el artesano necesiten ayuda, la Feria se reserva el derecho de acordar la asistencia para facilitar la venta. La información publicada en el sitio web de la Feria ha sido proporcionada por los artesanos y ha sido verificada de la mejor manera posible, sin embargo, no podemos garantizar que no haya errores o equivocaciones. Cuando se trata de artesanos, por favor, tenga paciencia. Además, le recomendamos que utilice los mensajes de texto de WhatsApp, ya que esto agilizará enormemente el proceso de la venta, ya que la mayoría de los artesanos no utilizan el correo electrónico.


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