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Amate Bark Paintings

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Dawn Ellison

on 19 February 2013

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Transcript of Amate Bark Paintings

Amate Bark Painting of
Latin American A folk art style that combines the paper crafting from
San Pablito Pahuatlan in Puebla and the painting from
The Mezcala region on the Rio Balsas Basin in Guerrero Bark paper or papel amate is produced by hand using bark from mulberry or fig trees. The bark is washed, boiled and laid in lines on a wooden board. The fibers are then beaten with stone until they fuse together. Much of the amate paper goes to the state of Guerrero where artisans paint imaginative scenes of fantasy birds, stylized animals and floral motifs on this special bark paper. The paper paintings are also created by the Nahua Indians of Southern Mexico who have excelled for generations at painting bright wildlife scenes and village life. Paper was sacred to the Mayans and the Aztecs. It was the medium on which their history was chronicled. When you create your Amate Bark Painting you will need to include the following:

*At least one bird or one animal
*Floral and vegetation decoration
*Bright Colors and repeated patterns
*Torn border
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