Amate Bark. Paper of the Otomi Indians. Bark paper, papal amate, is produced by hand in the state of Puebla by Otomi Indians using bark from the mulberry or fig trees. The mulberry tree creates off-white paper, while the fig tree creates much darker paper.
Paper of the Otomi Indians
It is then pounded using a rectangular rock with finger grooves until the fibers of the pulp fuse together and are evenly spread out in the shape the paper-maker wants.
In the beginning of time:
The symmetrical cutouts are for magical purposes.
- protect crops
-scare away evil
-bring good health
The Otomi also used the cutouts as tokens of thanks to the Earth for a good crop.
What do we notice about the designs?
Amate Cutouts are:
- Subjects from nature
birds, animals, plants
- Ornamentation / Stylization