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Jessica Helgerson

Posted on November 08 2018

A Handmade Animalito

They may not be from the North Pole (or Russia—see "Dasher, Not Dancer"), but these 12-inch reindeer can haul plenty of holiday spirit. The women of Mexico’s San Juan Chamula use scraps of wool leftover from making pillows and bags to hand-stitch together “animalitos.” The remote mountain village is known for raising sheep for textiles, and for the furry wool skirts and pants the indigenous people wear. Collectivo, a group of Portland women, imports the fuzzy figurines. $42, ourcollectivo.com 
—Abbey Crain

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