• Image of Handmade Papel Amate Note Cards
  • Image of Handmade Papel Amate Note Cards
  • Image of Handmade Papel Amate Note Cards
  • Image of Handmade Papel Amate Note Cards

Whether you use them as wedding invitations, as holiday cards or simply to say hello, these handmade note cards are a beautiful way to let someone know that you’re thinking of them. Every card is made custom to our specifications by a family of master artists in Central Mexico.

Papel amate is made by sustainably harvesting local tree bark, including the same that’s used to make our tree bark baskets. The bark is then soaked in hot water and lime for roughly eight hours to whiten the hue. After this, it’s soaked in clean water, then arranged on a board and set with a stone, in order to create the desired pattern. The pieces are then dried in the Mexican sun. Prior to the arrival of Spanish invaders, papel amate was made by the Aztec and Maya communities for use in healing rituals, as well as for creating codices. Most of these codices were later destroyed and this paper banned as it was believed to be used for witchcraft and magic.

Our custom works are handmade by an indigenous Otomi father and son, and their family. They produce these sublime examples of ancestral artistry in a small pueblo in Central Mexico. Despite restrictions being placed on this paper during Spanish occupation, this town is one of the few that persevered with this process, and this artistic practice remains an important part of their culture.

Spiritual leaders in this town are said to have the ability to produce paper with magical properties. Local shamans make paper figures which are used to connect with the mountain spirits, in the interest of encouraging cleansing in healing rituals. This paper is also made for decorative purposes to be sold on the commercial market, which has helped to reduce poverty in this region, particularly for women, as many of the local men left for the USA for work.

Approximately 12.7cm x 17.78cm

For best care results regarding storage, these pieces should be stored flat in a dry environment.

The noted price is for a set of four handmade papel amate cards and four plain cream envelopes. Every one of these custom works are made by hand, and with this, no two pieces are exactly the same. Given the nature of handmade, sizes, patterns, designs and hues may vary slightly from the featured product image.

All noted prices are in USD and do not include shipping. Our website is not currently set up for e-commerce – please contact us directly to purchase: ehren.seeland@gmail.com