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Folklore Drawings Prints

Tradition and folklore have bound humanity together since the dawn of time. Back when our ancestors lived in rural communities, folklore was a way to feel connected to the outside world and to understand nature and its surroundings. Folklore was there to teach us life lessons, to celebrate and to unite us in a visual and verbal storytelling tradition. It was the colour of our lives and an essential part of society. Unfortunately, today we are more disconnected from the traditions and folklore of time gone by. Yet, we can still celebrate them in the form of folklore drawings. 

Folklore drawings from around the world

From Mexico to Japan, each culture serves up its own delectable version of folklore. This can be seen in the form of typical dress, art and even celebrations to honour specific feast days. It is important to think of folklore as the blood that keeps societies alive. Yet, despite this concept, folklore has the tendency to focus on the cycles of life and death, making it very clear that our time on earth is limited. In Mexico, the Day of the Dead celebrations are an integral part of Mexican folklore along with tribal art used to tell stories of ancient tribes such as the Olmecs. Here folklore is very much alive, reminding everyone to honour their ancestors and call on their ancient wisdom for guidance. In Japan, folklore embodies many religious teachings, especially those from Buddhism, yet there are also some quirky tales that involve the animals of the zodiac. 

 

Tropia Art and folklore drawings

Tropia Art is a tropical utopian paradise that draws its inspiration from all corners of the cosmos. However, one area of particular interest to Jil-Laura is the Canary Islands. Rich in tradition and folklore, each island has built its identity on these time-honoured traditions. Women are often celebrated in Canarian folklore and are commonly referred to as Magas  (magicians). This name references the magic that these women contain and their ability to effortlessly work the fields and turn the harvest into delicious feasts – even when times are hard. Over time, these traditions have been lost but the Canary Islands are working hard to protect their cultural heritage. So much so, that each summer towns gather together in typical dress to dance and share traditional home cooked meals. The essence of Tropia Art is wrapped up in many different cultures but the folklore of the Canary Islands will always be at the heart of it all.

 

Displaying folklore drawings in your home

Folklore drawings are a powerful way to remember the way of the world. In many cultures, folklore was and still is used to keep our moral compass in check. We may be drawn to folklore drawings at different points in our lives depending on the lessons we are yet to learn. However, these drawings will always have a place in our homes thanks to their timeless appeal and intriguing visual storytelling. Central areas are ideal places to display these prints as they are fantastic conversation starters and allow you to continue the tradition of verbal storytelling through folklore and art.