Woven Horsehair Holy Family Nativity from Chile

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Add some unique flair to your holiday decor with a woven horsehair Holy Family! It takes hours of work, patience, and sharp eyesight to create this little masterpiece. It's so beautiful, you'll want to leave out all year! It's a rare find that makes a perfect choice for the nativity collector.

The art of weaving with crin, hair from a horse's mane and tail, dates back for over 200 years in the rural regions of Chile. It's traditionally passed down from mother to daughter, some women having practiced the artform for more than 70 years. Every step of the process is done by hand. The hair is hand-washed, bleached, and sometimes dyed before it's ready to be woven into flowers, dolls, insects, and small baskets as well as various exquisite home goods. Even the smallest of items takes hours weave. Nancy Cortinez is one of these artisans. Learning the artform from her mother, she has a strong commitment to helping others, as well as the desire to preserve this unique cultural heritage. She teaches crin weaving workshops for women around the country, including inmates at the Women's Prison of San Joaquin. 

  • Made by hand in Chile
  • Woven horsehair
  • Tallest figure measures 2-1/8" tall on a 3-3/4" diameter woven mat
  • Set includes Mary, Joseph, and Jesus
  • Figures are attached for stability
  • Due to the handwoven nature of this set, variation will occur, making every piece a unique work of art.

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