The first time I came across these votives was in the Frida Kahlo Casa Azul in Mexico City. She and Diego Rivera owned over a thousand of them.
This one is dedicated to the Virgen de Juquila in thanks because the woman has a place to work and sell her loving. It measures 10x12 inches. I don't know the age of this retablo.
A retablo in Mexican folk art (also lámina) is a devotional painting, especially a small popular or folk art one using iconography derived from traditional Catholic church art. Many are ex-votos ("from a vow") that depict the story that led to their commission, usually dangerous or threatening events that actually occurred, and which the person survived, thanks to the intercession of a sacred person - God, Mary or a saint. They are made as a way of thanking the sacred person for protection in precarious situations, such as surviving an illness or earthquake. This class of ex-votos often shows the protected humans in the dangerous situation, and the sacred person who protected them, usually with an inscribed explanation of the events, with the date and location. Both devotional and especially ex-voto retablos may be deposited at a shrine as a votive offering, or alternatively kept at home.
A huge and superbly painted painted hand carved wooden jaguar masks from Oaxaca. This is a tradition form of folk art in Oaxaca. These vibrantly painted animals are called Alebrijes. This one measures about 10X10"
A fab garment made from repurposed kantha quilts from Northern India. Kantha is s technique by which many thin layer of fabric are hand stitched together to make a light quilted blanket. Often old saris and dhotis are the materials used in making them. These blankets have been repurposed for use in these garments.
I love this one, great vintage palette and wonderful fine quilting. A gem. One size fits most. 35 inches long and about 34 inches wide across the back.
This is a vintage textile and may have some irregularities.
These amazing throw pillows are made from by Berber women of Morocco. They are not pieces of old rugs but have been woven as pillow cases. Made of wool and in excellent condition. This one measures 12 x 13 inches
These amazing throw pillows are made from by Berber women of Morocco. They are not pieces of old rugs but have been woven as pillow cases. Made of wool and in excellent condition. This one measures 12 x 12 inches