found above were hand carved
by talented Phillippino carvers
primarily from the 1930's through the 1960's.
The molds are carved
from the native fruit trees of the Philippines. Once the original wood
molds were carved
they were then used to create paper mache figures. The wooden
molds were first coated with wax, so the paper
mache could be removed more easily. Layers of paper mache were then added, and once dried, the artisans would
cut and pull off the paper mache, which would then be reassembled and painted.
The wood carved
molds would be used again and again.