I have two Nativity sets.
It seems like I always display this particular one
as it is my favorite.
It is not the one that is a bit more elegant,
but the one that is very special, as it is handmade with a history.
If you have been a follower of mine for some time,
you may have noticed an image of this Nativity Set
that is always displayed in the Media Room.
When I took the pieces of this Nativity set out of the box,
it came to me that I loved this set so much that I needed
to place it somewhere that I can see it all through the day.
It pretty much spoke to me.
I love the expressions of the animals.
This Nativity Set is handmade in Guatamala by the Pocoman Indians
of the village of Chinautla.
Each piece is so beautifully hand made.
This industry has existed in this village of Chinautla since before Christ.
Pieces produced there have been found as far south as Costa Rica
dating to 100 B.C.
In this tribe, only the women produce the forms they present.
The skill is passed down from mother to daughter
generation after generation.
I love the expressions on the faces of the Three Kings.
One woman usually only makes one style, molding from hand
and firing with straw as the ancient Chinese did thousands of years ago.
The distinctive carbon marks burned into the clay is a mark of Chinautla Primitives.
Lifestyle has changed little since Don Alverado the Conquistador, in 1540,
drove the tribe into the valley of Chinautla to subjugate them to Spanish rule.
Truly each piece is a primitive work of art, but alas it is vanishing as the village
is being washed away from the effects of the great earthquake of 1976.
The old village of Chinautla still exists; however, many have moved to the
new village as a result of the earthquake compromising the land.
I am happy that this tradition/craft is still being done
and passed down from generation to generation.
As I am a happy recipient of this beautiful craft
that I purchased so many years ago in a specialty shop.
Hope you enjoyed my special Nativity Set and the story behind it.
I will be completing the Christmas decor
and present a home tour to you on Monday, December 7th.
Have a great weekend!