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by Halley Sanford March 06, 2022 1 min read 2 Comments

We’re collectors of all kinds of trinkets, but few things light up our face quite like a luminaria. (See what we did there?)

Deeply rooted in Mexican culture, their aesthetic reflects as much, with intricate floral designs hand-painted in vivid colors that are tempered down by the inherently earthy terracotta from which they are sculpted. Luminarias are each crafted by hand, no two exactly the same, and often take the form of a chapel with bell towers and arcade windows that illuminate when you place a votive candle inside. Endlessly enamored with these one-of-a-kind folk art finds, we’ve accumulated a curated collection of traditional luminaries to accompany this collection.

When you look up the term luminaria, you’ll find a myriad of definitions, from the original bonfires that southwestern and Mexican cultures would light to the glowing paper bags modern-day Christians use to line their walkways, but the underlying significance is the same: lighting the way to guide the spirit of Christ (or more secularly, “love, peace, and joy”) into your home. While the origin of a thing is always of interest to us, the luminarias we love are more commonly found inside your home, the colorful clay creations taking the form of churches, animals, or whimsical characters.

LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE


2 Responses

Lois Mixon
Lois Mixon

March 10, 2022

Your antiques are really interesting. I look forward to new listings!

Carina Spies
Carina Spies

March 07, 2022

This is so interesting!! I just love the whole idea!!

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