I’ve always wondered how Americans pronounce “alebrije”!
Unfortunately, I had to look it up because I thought I had no idea what they were. Then I realized I did know what they are but had never heard them called by anything other than Mexican folk art. My art degree has failed me in this measure!
And I’m totally dumb thought it might be pronounced “ale-bree-je”. Being American and having only learned French really screws you for other languages.
I didn’t know they had an actual name either until I looked it up for this page. Reading about their origins was really interesting; I didn’t realize this tradition was all started by one artist (Pedro Linares). I assumed that as “folk art” it developed slowly over generations or something!
Yeah, it was a really interesting read!
Spanish pronunciation is super simple, al a bre hay. J is pronounced H. but it’s pretty much pronounced the way it’s spelled.
I pronounce them Ah-lay-bree -haz I don’t really know how they are pronounced! I have a couple.
Wouldn’t plush alerbijes be awesome?
When I saw this comment I thought “Surely there -must- be plush alebrijes on Etsy.” I found a crocheted fox alebrije:
And this shop has some DIY patterns:
I didn’t find any plushies though. Oh, by the way, I just checked on The Veligent for the first time in a long while and saw that you finished it. Congrats! I’m looking forward to reading it all together soon. 😀
Making a plushie one would be detailed but I bet it’d be really fun! Hmmmm
So go see some awesome north European folk art: