New Arrivals : Holiday Decor(23 items)
Welcome to the New Arrivals : Holiday Decor Collection at NOVICA.
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Novica artisans always strive to craft high-quality, environmentally-conscious pieces. They look for ways to reuse and repurpose materials, and have discovered creative methods of sculpting ornaments out of recycled cardboard and paper. Leftover materials from past projects, such as albesia wood, felt, and even cement, all find new life in eco-friendly ornaments. Each artist lists their materials under product details. You will find complete transparency in those descriptions and discover a large selection of eco-friendly Christmas decorations.
The most commonly used materials for handmade ornaments depends on resources available to the craftsman. Balinese artisans incorporate hand-painted wood and iron. Artisans in India, Central America, and Mexico work in clay, ceramics, and natural fibers. But even when regions utilize the same materials, their unique craftsmanship shines through in style and design. In India, the ancient technique of zardozi embroidery uses thin copper wires to make beautiful, sparkling Christmas ornaments. Artists are able to take common, everyday elements and turn them into extraordinary, one-of-a-kind pieces.
We love giving ornaments as gifts because they are creative, unique, and meaningful during the holiday season. Whether youre looking for hand-painted works, beaded wonders, or woven treasures, each one is a piece of culture and history. Look for whimsical ornaments from Thailand designed with images of elephants and bells. Search for matte chiseled pumpkins and owls by Peruvian artisans. Central American ornaments delight with hand-painted perfection. Whether you choose a decorative stocking from West Africa or a hand-blown glass masterpiece from the Andes, decorations are a wonderful way to spread some holiday cheer!
Hand painted ornaments differ significantly from region to region. Each depicts specific themes and images important to the culture. In the Andes, ornaments often feature owls, costumed characters, and angels. Bali expresses its festivities with design focused around stars, snowflakes, and traditional Christmas figures. Thailand, Mexico and India have popularized designs surrounding animals and intricate depictions of nature. Handmade ornaments are festive works that highlight the unique skills and cultures of artisans from around the world.
Excellent question! Decorations should definitely be handled with care. Store them in clean, safe spaces with minimal exposure to harsh particles. For extra precaution, pack each ornament separately so as to avoid breakage. Most ornaments do not require extensive cleaning, but if it should become necessary, always use soaps and detergents free from harsh chemicals. Mostly, a simple wipe should be enough to remove dust and tree debris.
From table tops to floor set-ups beneath the Christmas tree, nativity scenes are a traditional holiday centerpiece in homes around the world. Often entire families come together to partake in the experience. While there is no single right way to set up a nativity scene, certain details tend to cross regional and cultural divides. Biblical characters, animals and religious props often form the foundation of the nativity scene, while customizable pieces add extra flare. Hanging stars showcase the night sky. Decorated motifs, backdrops, ornaments, and figurines may be used to embellish a simple scene.
Absolutely! Artisans that create beaded ornaments use skills passed down for generations. Whether beads are hand-sewn onto fabric, as is the case with many of our Indian ornaments, or strung onto nylon twine, as with many West African ornaments, each piece is made with careful attention to detail.
Different cultures and regions celebrate the holidays in their own unique ways, emphasizing various decor, art, and symbolism. In the Andes, for example, Christmas ornaments consist of clay pendants in the shapes of fruit, animals, and multicolored, knitted fabrics. Bali utilizes wood, iron and even recycled paper to craft ornaments, which are often in the shape of stars, Santa Claus figurines, snowflakes, and reindeer. In the regions of Brazil and Thailand, artisans utilize hand-painted ceramics, wood, and natural fibers, while Mexico is famous for their pottery and clay. India specializes in pieces made out of decorative embroidery. Each region crafts celebratory ornaments that highlight the unique customs and art forms within their communities.
Jose Arriola Ceramic ornaments and figurines
"Don't ask me how, but we never lacked food on our table – we could be lacking in many things during the Civil War, but we never lacked food."
Popular New Arrivals : Holiday Decor
Set of 6 Terracotta Hanging Cat Ornaments From Guatemala, "Rainbow Cats"$47.99
There will be no issues with these adorable kitties climbing up your Christmas tree. Jose Arriola crafts this set of six ornaments from terracotta in a rainbow of colors and contrasting floral designs. Each ornament has its own hanging cord and the set comes in a striped woven cotton storage bag. Jose Arriola learned the art of ceramics from his mother. He now owns two different shops where he sells his wares in the Antigua market. His work is inspired by old Mayan traditions and the bright colors of his homeland.
Terracotta AnimalsMini Ornaments (Set of 30), "Noah's Ark Friends"$29.99
This whimsical collection of elephants, butterflies, turtles, birds, giraffes, tigers, monkeys, frogs, alpacas, and dogs will help you create the most unique Christmas tree you've ever seen. Jose Arriola painstakingly handcrafts and hand-paints each tiny piece in terracotta and adds a loop for hanging. They arrive with a cotton bag for easy storage.
Jose Arriola learned the art of ceramics from his mother. His work is inspired by old Mayan traditions and the bright colors of his homeland.
Terracotta Oropendola Bird Ornaments from Guatemala (Pair), "Oropendola Birds"$29.99
This highly-detailed set of hanging ornaments will make a fantastic addition to your ornament repertoire or a wonderful gift for that bird-loving friend. Mario Rodenas handcrafts two oropendolas from terracotta and meticulously paints each bird with the species' characteristic bright green tail. They come in a cotton bag for easy storage.
The Guatemalan artisan learned the art of working in ceramic from his father, who was a master craftsman. As a young man, he developed a passion for recreating birds and enjoyed working their fine details and bright colors. A chance encounter with a tourist who gifted him a book on birds opened him up to the wonderful world of these creatures and has been fueling his inspiration for years.
Hugging Angels Terracotta Christmas Ornament from Nicaragua, "Angelitas"$49.99
A colorful addition to your Christmas decor, this adorable pair of angels is handcrafted in terracotta and painted in a joyful palette of colors and geometric designs. Arlen Estrada displays them on a golden thread.
The Nicaraguan artisan is known for her colorful and modern geometric designs that bring a breath of fresh air to traditional techniques. She has grown her passion for the arts into running her own ceramics workshop.
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