Pale Horse Galleries

Art of the Indians, or Indigenous peoples, of Mexico -- the Zapotec, Mixtec, Olmec, Maya, Aztec (Mexicas), Yaqui and Apache. One might refer to some of the pieces pictured here as "crafts". One would be wrong. The work that you will see represents these peoples' view of their world and everything in it. The making and selling of this art is these peoples' only means of supporting their families. It is all that they know how to do. As you will see, they do it very well.

Oaxaca Pale Horse Galleries art crafts gifts and collectibles from Mexican indigenous artists and artisans alebrijes wood carvings ceramics textiles

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Ocotlan, Oaxaca, Mexico: Knives, swords and cutlery in Toledo steel

From the forge of Angel Aguilar in Ocotlan comes a very exclusive pie and cake serving set. These pieces are hand forged, just as are his knives and swords, using the 16th century techniques that made Toledo, Spain famous for its steel.

These collector's items would also make fine gifts. They are a more domestically useful example of the Toledo steel sword and knife making art. Mexican Zapotec craftsmen were taught these skills by both the Sapnish conquistadors as well as Benedictine Friars who came from Toledo, Spain.

You can read all about Angel Aguilar, Zapotec master swordmaker here and here at Mark in Mexico. There is also a detailed explanation of the Toledo steel swordmaking process as well as photos of Angel working on swords and knives in his shop.

For gifts, collectibles, Mexican art and crafts, visit Pale Horse Galleries, A 2 piece pie and cake serving set, hand forged by Angel Aguilar in Ocotlan, Oaxaca, Mexico.
2 piece Pie and Cake Serving Set

You may purchase this set from Angel Aguilar through the Pale Horse Galleries online store. Click on the link or copy and paste this into your browser:

For gifts, collectibles, Mexican art and crafts, visit Pale Horse Galleries, The church in Ocotlan de Morelos, Oaxaca, Mexico. Construction was started on this church by benedictine Friars in the early 1500's.
Angel's 16th century church in Ocotlan de Morelos, Oaxaca, Mexico

Please visit the Pale Horse Galleries online store
for art, gifts and collectibles -- all hand made
by Mexican indigenous artists.

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