A particular group of the Cabécar tribe in Costa Rica’s Talamanca mountain range are making collectible bark animal crafts from hand made fiber known as mastate. Using natural adornments such as seeds, shells, bamboo, copra fiber, palm and other plants derivatives, each bark animal is hand stitched and hand painted with natural plant dyes, as are the pictorial collages. The delightful style, primitive or folk-like craft of bark animal art, appeals to all who see them. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, creating a wonderful collection of indigenous art while helping a tribal people exist in their natural territory.
This 3 piece set – Native child’s toys – includes one small framed mastate collage (with naturally dyed areas), plus a mounted work horse, and a crouching rabbit adorned with local nene seeds.